U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today made a statement following a meeting with Ariel Sigler Amaya, a former political prisoner held in Cuba by the Castro regime. Mr. Amaya was arrested as a dissident in 2003. Due to deplorable conditions in prison, his health deteriorated. He was recently released from prison and is being treated at Jackson's Rehabilitation Hospital in Miami.
Senator LeMieux with Ex-Prisoner Ariel Sigler Amaya
"The years Ariel Sigler Amaya lost while in Castro's prison cannot be recovered. Sadly, his story of suffering inhumane treatment and conditions at the hands of the Castro regime is all too familiar. This should serve as further evidence that the US should not make any more concessions to the Castro regime without its demonstrable commitment to respect internationally recognized human rights," said LeMieux. "Ariel's experience serves as testament to the Cuban community and their fight for freedom and democracy on the island."
BACKGROUND: LeMieux, who has visited Latin America three times since being sworn into office, has consistently highlighted the need for a Democratic Cuba. Earlier today, Senator LeMieux joined South Florida leaders in a discussion regarding the strained relations between Colombia and Venezuela.