I unequivocally condemn the mass detentions and sham trials which might be unjustly sentencing to jail those that dared to talk out in an effort to intimidate and threaten the Cuban folks into silence. The Cuban folks have the identical proper to freedom of expression and peaceable meeting as all folks. America stands with the courageous Cubans who’ve taken to the streets to oppose 62 years of repression underneath a communist regime.
Immediately, my Administration is imposing new sanctions focusing on parts of the Cuban regime answerable for this crackdown—the pinnacle of the Cuban army and the division of the Cuban Ministry of the Inside driving the crackdown—to carry them accountable for his or her actions. That is only the start–the US will proceed to sanction people answerable for oppression of the Cuban folks.
As we maintain the Cuban regime accountable, our help for the Cuban folks is unwavering and we’re ensuring Cuban Individuals are a significant companion in our efforts to supply reduction to struggling folks on the Island. We’re working with civil society organizations and the personal sector to supply web entry to the Cuban people who circumvents the regime’s censorship efforts. We’re reviewing our remittance coverage to find out how we are able to maximize help to the Cuban folks. And we’re dedicated to restaffing our embassy in Havana to supply consular providers to Cubans and improve our capability to have interaction with civil society, whereas making certain the protection of U.S. diplomats serving in Cuba.
Advancing human dignity and freedom is a high precedence for my Administration, and we’ll work carefully with our companions all through the area, together with the Group of American States, to strain the regime to right away launch wrongfully detained political prisoners, restore web entry, and permit the Cuban folks to take pleasure in their basic rights.