Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: One Year of Dr. Cardet’s Imprisonment Highlights Continued Repression by Castro Regime

Nov 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement marking the one year anniversary that Cuban activist Dr. Eduardo Cardet was brutally and arbitrarily arrested. Cardet remains imprisoned by the Castro regime.

“Today marks one year since the latest disgraceful arrest of Cuban activist Dr. Eduardo Cardet.  Dr. Cardet is a leader within Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement (MCL) and a physician who worked in a health center in Velasco until he was expelled due to his pro-democracy activities.  According to accounts provided by MCL members, Dr. Cardet suffered severe beatings at the time of his arrest and during his subsequent detention.  Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Freedom House, and Directorio Democratico Cubano have condemned his imprisonment. 

“Dr. Cardet’s imprisonment highlights the continued repression suffered by those who dare to express opposition to the Castro regime.  Prior to an important JusticeCuba event in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, which I attended, the Castro regime prohibited Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez from leaving Cuba to personally attest to lawmakers the brutal repression that he has faced.  Just this month, dozens of the renowned Ladies in White, who march in support of political prisoners and their families, were detained on Sundays while on their way to Mass.

“The repression must end, and innocent activists such as Dr. Cardet, Antunez, and the Ladies in White must no longer endure these egregious human rights abuses simply for expressing opposition to tyranny.”