Loeffler Urges Greater Religious, Political Freedoms in Cuba
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) cosponsored a resolution calling for the Cuban government to embrace greater political and religious freedoms and to release political prisoners and those who have been imprisoned for homeschooling their children.
In 2019, a Cuban pastor and his wife were sent to prison for more than a year for choosing to homeschool their children on religious grounds. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms religious freedom and affirms parents’ rights to direct their children’s education as fundamental human rights.
“A clear sign of an oppressive government is one that silences those who disagree with it. That is the reality for the Cuban people who are punished for promoting political and religious views that fall outside their government’s Marxist regime,” Loeffler said. “Those who attempt to speak out, practice their faith or even educate their own children, are routinely detained, sent to prison or sentenced to hard labor. This is intolerable, and I strongly urge the Cuban government to put an end to this oppression and embrace democratic reforms, including greater religious and political freedoms.”
The resolution, led by U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), was also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).