Today, Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL) expressed profound concern for pro-democracy and independent labor activist Ivan Hernandez Carrillo and urged the international community to demand an end to the Castro regime's vicious attacks and death threats against him. Ivan is one of Cuba's leading independent labor activists and one of the seventy-five imprisoned after Cuba's Black Spring of 2003. He received the National Endowment for Democracy's prestigious Democracy Award in 2009 for his courageous efforts to promote labor rights in totalitarian Cuba.
"I am deeply concerned about Ivan Hernandez Carrillo, who was cruelly attacked on July 14 and August 4 by Castro's thugs, and who reportedly is receiving death threats.
I call on the international community, human rights groups, and labor activists to demand an immediate end to the brutality against Ivan Hernandez Carrillo. He is a hero of the pro-democracy and independent labor movement in Cuba. He must no longer be terrorized for striving to achieve basic rights for the Cuban people."