"We are salaried slaves of Cuba" --Cuban doctor in Anzoategui, Venezuela
“You can’t separate economic rights and political freedoms, because the pillar of both of them is the rule of law. If you don’t have the rule of law, you’re not going to be able to create the economy they need.” - Former Ambassador Roger Noriega
"Many Cubans and Cuban Americans are treated as “nonpersons” by the Castro government, which demonizes, abuses and, in many cases, erases them from history."
-Aida Levitan, Miami Herald op-ed
"Esperamos la solidaridad para frenar la violencia y brutalidad que la dictadura practica sobre todo aquel que intente el ejercicio de sus derechos y libertades fundamentales." - "We hope for solidarity to stop the violence and brutality that the dictatorship carries out towards all those that try to exercise their fundamental rights and liberties." - Foro de Derechos y Libertades | Asamblea de la Resistencia Cubana
"The big lie will be that by legalizing commercial and banking relations with Cuba, the U.S. will empower the Cuban people. The opposite is true.Raúl Castro legalized a narrow number of economic activities for the purpose of putting to work millions of Cubans the bankrupt state can no longer “employ.” But these businesses, such as selling fruit and shining shoes, are not allowed to hire employees, and they are only legal as long as they remain the urban equivalent of subsistence farming. The big profits go to the Castro mafia, which uses some of the money to run the repressive intelligence network necessary to contain rebellion and keeps the rest for personal gain " - Mary O'Grady Wall Street Journal 3/20/16
"After this meeting is over, you can give me a list of political prisoners, and if we have those political prisoners, they will be released before tonight ends."
- Dictator Raul Castro 3/21/16
"The Castro Regime will not generate its own change. It has remained in power for nearly six decades by carrying out horrific human rights violations"
- Letter to President Obama from Foro & Asamblea
"He (President Obama) should hold an exclusive meeting with Cuba’s peaceful opposition leaders during his trip. A proposed meeting with Cuba’s “civil society” that includes government-paid “intellectuals” would be a sham." -Andre Oppenheimer
“Obama gave a handshake to a man who with the same hand signs death sentences,” Rodríguez says. “That’s something very, very hard for me to understand.” Omar Rodríguez Saludes is one of 75 journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents arrested in a sweep that became known as Cuba’s “Black Spring.”
Chief Cuban diplomat on American issues, Josefina Vidal, has echoed this line of argument. In August 2015, she insisted Cuba “would not move one millimeter” to cease its widely documented human rights violations. Vidal said, “The day that the president of the United States decides to visit Cuba, he will be welcome … but [Cuba] is not going to negotiate matters that are inherent to its internal system."
"The moment there's a free Cuba, the moment there are elections in Cuba, the moment that beatings stop happening in Cuba, then I think there will be a very bright opportunity [for Miami-Dade] to take its right leadership role in Cuba," Bovo said. "All we need is to be a little patient." -Miami Dade Commissioner Steve Bovo
"Cuba is a totalitarian state. Investing in Cuba necessarily requires investing in partnership with the Cuban government, and more specifically with the Cuban military."
-Dr. Jose Azel