Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Val Demings (10th District of Florida)
July 22, 2021
Orlando, FL: Today Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) praised the news that the Biden Administration will impose new sanctions on Cuban regime officials involved in human rights abuses in Cuba. The sanctions, under the Global Magnitsky Act, will freeze any assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibit U.S. travel.
Said Rep. Demings, “As a former Chief of Police, I believe in a simple rule: hold the bad guys accountable and relieve the suffering of those in need. The administration has answered that call by building a lightning fast case for hard-hitting personal sanctions against the worst of the worst in the failed and oppressive communist and socialist regime. This step to directly strike at the autocrats is the right move to bring targeted pressure on the people most responsible for the suffering of the Cuban people.
“Cubans in Florida have told me that we need tangible actions, not more words, to support the Cuban people’s struggle for freedom, and as we continue to hold the corrupt and tyrannical government of Cuba accountable, I know that freedom will prevail. Patria y Vida.”
Since the protests began, Rep. Demings has called for the Biden Administration to move swiftly to stand with the peaceful demonstrators in Cuba, joined Members of Congress in a Cuba hearing earlier this week where Chairman Sires called for President Biden to use the Global Magnitsky Act, and met with multiple Cuban groups in Florida.