THE BEST WAY TO IMPACT HUMAN RIGHTS IS TO ENGAGE WITH THE CUBAN PEOPLE AND THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT- Polis '16 [Jared; Representative from Colorado; Should Congress Repeal the Trade Embargo Imposed by the United States on Cuba?; Congressional Digest; December 2016; - jared-polis%E2%80%A8/#gsc.tab=0; retrieved 2 January 2017] Now, let me be clear. Just as there are many countries that we have normal relations with that we continue to make sure we are outspoken about any human rights violations. Of course, if there are political dissidents or others that are improperly jailed in Cuba, you will hear Members of this body, including myself, speaking out, just as we do for the oppression of Tibetans in China, while we continue to support ongoing normalized relationships with China, just as we do in countries where we want stronger labor laws or stronger anti-child labor laws, yet continue to have a basic trade and travel relationship. Cuba can do better. Guess what? The way to help show and lead Cuba to the promised lands of human rights and democracy is by engaging the Cuban people and by engaging the regime and showing them the many benefits that dealing with their neighbor to the north can bring.
February 2017 NSDA Public Forum Debate: Cuban Embargo Page 30 NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE US TO ENGAGE WITH CUBA TO HELP THE ECONOMIC AND HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION THERE-Castor '16 [Kathy; Representative from Florida; Should Congress Repeal the Trade Embargo Imposed by the United States on Cuba?; Congressional Digest; December 2016; - castor/#gsc.tab=0; retrieved 2 January 2017] This is also an important time for America to capitalize on the changes in the world economy. Remember, for a long time it was the Soviet Union that supported Cuba, or it was Venezuela. Well, now with the energy revolution in America, there has never been a better time for America to use its influence in the world, its economic power, its pressing for human rights, as Venezuela doesn’t carry the day anymore. Their economy is in turmoil. The same for Russia. The economic conditions now play to our advantage, and we need to use it to improve human rights on the island, to improve family unification, and begin to establish those all-important diplomatic ties. WE CAN CONTINUE TO CALL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN CUBA WITH THE EMBARGO LIFTED, JUST AS WE DO WITH MANY OTHER COUNTRIES-Polis '16 [Jared; Representative from Colorado; Should Congress Repeal the Trade Embargo Imposed by the United States on Cuba?; Congressional Digest; December 2016; - jared-polis%E2%80%A8/#gsc.tab=0; retrieved 2 January 2017] Of course, we should continue to call for transparency with regard to Cuba’s human rights record, to speak out for political dissidents, just as we do in dozens and hundreds of countries that we have normal trade and diplomatic relations with.
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