Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Calls for Immediate Release of Cuban Pro-Democracy Activists

Jun 29, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement calling for the immediate release and medical treatment of Anairis Miranda Leyva, Adairis Miranda Leyva, Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva, and Maydolis Leyva Portelles, who were placed under house arrest by Castro regime thugs. Reports say that Anairis, in particular, is extremely ill.

“Shamefully, siblings Anairis Miranda Leyva, Adairis Miranda Leyva, Fidel Manuel Batista Leyva, and their mother, Maydolis Leyva Portelles, were arrested two days after Fidel Castro’s death for failing to mourn properly.  According to reports, they are currently on house arrest and Anairis is perilously ill.

“These human rights activists, who are members of the pro-democracy Movimiento Cubano de Reflexión, have been recognized by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience.  These courageous individuals must be immediately and unconditionally released from house arrest and afforded the urgent medical attention that they need.  These and numerous other human rights abuses not only demonstrate the cruelty endured by those who dare to oppose the Castro regime, but also highlight the resolute courage of the Leyva family and so many other activists in Cuba’s pro-democracy movement.”     
 

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