Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding press reports indicating that another jailed Cuban pro-democracy activist, Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, has initiated a hunger strike to protest his inhumane prison conditions and the lack of democracy in Cuba.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: "Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia has been detained by the Castro dictatorship for twenty one days without any charges filed against him. I strongly condemn his unjustly incarceration and ask other freedom loving nations to condemn it as well. The actions of tyrant Raul Castro after His Holiness left Cuba speaks for itself as more innocent Cubans continue to be persecuted and thrown in Castro's gulags.
As dissidents are released and then re-arrested, and the Ladies in White are blocked once again from attending church services, yet another valiant Cuban political prisoner goes on a hunger strike to protest his illegal detention.
Mr. Ferrer Garcia was one of the group of 75 imprisoned during the Black Spring of 2003 and objected to be forced into exile as a condition for his release so he and 10 others were the last ones freed in yet another cynical and inhumane action by the Cuban regime.
I urge all responsible nations to support these brave men and women who are simply fighting for their human rights to be respected, something that we all take for granted in a free society. These prisoners of conscience, such as Mr. Ferrer Garcia, are begging for the world to hear their pleas, they are willing to put their lives at risk for Cuba's liberty. "