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S.Res. 57 (is) Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the human rights situation in Cuba. [Introduced in Senate] ...
S. RES. 57
Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the human rights situation
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 4, 1999
Mr. Graham (for himself, Mr. Mack, Mr. Torricelli, Mr. Helms, Mr.
DeWine, Mr. Robb, Mr. Smith of New Hampshire, Mr. Lott, Mr. Grassley,
Mr. Ashcroft, Mr. Reid, Mr. Coverdell, Mr. Lautenberg, and Mr.
Lieberman) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to
the Committee on Foreign Relations
March 18, 1999
March 25, 1999
Considered, preamble amended, and agreed to
Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the human rights situation
Whereas the annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in
Geneva, Switzerland, provides a forum for discussing human rights and
expressing international support for improved human rights performance;
Whereas, according to the United States Department of State and international
human rights organizations, the Government of Cuba continues to commit
widespread and well documented human rights abuses in Cuba;
Whereas such abuses stem from a complete intolerance of dissent and the
totalitarian nature of the regime controlled by Fidel Castro;
Whereas such abuses violate internationally accepted norms of conduct;
Whereas the Government of Cuba routinely restricts worker's rights, including
the right to form independent unions, and employs forced labor,
including that by children;
Whereas such abuses violate internationally accepted norms of conduct enshrined
by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
Whereas the Government of Cuba has detained scores of citizens associated with
attempts to discuss human rights, advocate for free and fair elections,
freedom of the press, and others who petitioned the government to
release those arbitrarily arrested;
Whereas the Government of Cuba has recently escalated efforts to extinguish
expressions of protest or criticism by passing state measures
criminalizing peaceful pro-democratic activities and independent
Whereas the recent trial of peaceful dissidents Vladimiro Roca, Marta Beatriz
Roque, Felix Bonne, and Rene Gomez Manzano, charged with sedition for
publishing a proposal for democratic reform, is indicative of the
increased efforts by the Government of Cuba to detain citizens and
extinguish expressions of support for the accused; and
Whereas these efforts underscore that the Government of Cuba has continued
relentlessly its longstanding pattern of human rights abuses and
demonstrate that it continues to systematically deny universally
recognized human rights: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that at the 55th Session of the
United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, the United States
should make all efforts necessary to pass a resolution, including introducing
such a resolution, criticizing Cuba for its human rights abuses in Cuba, and to
secure the appointment of a Special Rapporteur for Cuba.
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