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12/06/13 - Capitol Hill Cubans (Washington, DC) - National Security Advisor Susan Rice Talks Cuba, Human Rights 

http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/ December 5,2013 

Excerpt from yesterday's remarks by U.S. National Security Advisor, Amb.
Susan Rice, at the Human Rights First Annual Summit: 

Around the world, we call to account the world's worst abusers, from Iran
to Syria, from Eritrea to Zimbabwe, from North Korea to Sudan. These
governments crush the rights of their people and use the tyrant's toolkit
of repression to retain power. Some have systematically slaughtered their
own citizens, as in the genocide in Darfur. 

In Syria, even as we provide humanitarian assistance and make rapid
progress toward eliminating the threat of chemical weapons, our work
continues to end the violence that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and
to see the perpetrators of atrocities held accountable. In Iran, as we test
the potential for a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear issue, we are
mindful that another key test is whether we begin to see progress on human
rights. We call on the government to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on
Human Rights in Iran to visit the country. Our sanctions on Iran's human
rights abusers will continue and so will our support for the fundamental
rights of all Iranians. The Iranian people deserve the same right to
express themselves online and through social media as their leaders enjoy. 

Closer to home, we note modest steps toward economic reform in Cuba, but we
condemn continued arrests of human rights activists and other government
critics. As we mark the fourth year of his imprisonment, we call on the
Cuban government to release our innocent, jailed compatriot, Alan Gross.
Ultimately, it will be the Cuban people who drive economic and political
reforms. And that's why President Obama has increased the flow of resources
and information to ordinary citizens. The Cuban people deserve the full
support of the United States and of an entire region that has committed to
promote and defend democracy through the Inter American Democratic Charter.


These extreme examples are in many ways the most clear-cut. They are
egregious cases, where the weight of our concern and the tenor of our
relationship make it easier to chart a clear policy course. 

National Security Advisor Susan Rice Talks Cuba, Human Rights 

http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/ December 5,2013 

Excerpt from yesterday's remarks by U.S. National Security Advisor, Amb.
Susan Rice, at the Human Rights First Annual Summit: 

Around the world, we call to account the world's worst abusers, from Iran
to Syria, from Eritrea to Zimbabwe, from North Korea to Sudan. These
governments crush the rights of their people and use the tyrant's toolkit
of repression to retain power. Some have systematically slaughtered their
own citizens, as in the genocide in Darfur. 

In Syria, even as we provide humanitarian assistance and make rapid
progress toward eliminating the threat of chemical weapons, our work
continues to end the violence that has claimed more than 100,000 lives and
to see the perpetrators of atrocities held accountable. In Iran, as we test
the potential for a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear issue, we are
mindful that another key test is whether we begin to see progress on human
rights. We call on the government to allow the UN Special Rapporteur on
Human Rights in Iran to visit the country. Our sanctions on Iran's human
rights abusers will continue and so will our support for the fundamental
rights of all Iranians. The Iranian people deserve the same right to
express themselves online and through social media as their leaders enjoy. 

Closer to home, we note modest steps toward economic reform in Cuba, but we
condemn continued arrests of human rights activists and other government
critics. As we mark the fourth year of his imprisonment, we call on the
Cuban government to release our innocent, jailed compatriot, Alan Gross.
Ultimately, it will be the Cuban people who drive economic and political
reforms. And that's why President Obama has increased the flow of resources
and information to ordinary citizens. The Cuban people deserve the full
support of the United States and of an entire region that has committed to
promote and defend democracy through the Inter American Democratic Charter.


These extreme examples are in many ways the most clear-cut. They are
egregious cases, where the weight of our concern and the tenor of our
relationship make it easier to chart a clear policy course.


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