Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CONGRESISTAS CUBANO-ESTADOUNIDENSES PIDEN QUE SE REVOQUE VISA A TONY AVILA

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La presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, la congresista republicana Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, encabeza en Washington un esfuerzo bipartidista que busca revocar la visa al trovador cubano Tony Ávila, quien ha sido acusado de golpear y maltratar a las Damas de Blanco en Cuba.

Ros-Lehtinen envió una carta a la Subsecretaria de Estado para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental, Roberta Jacobson, en la que le pide la revocación inmediata de la visa de turista de Ávila, por alegaciones de abusos contra los derechos humanos en Cuba.

También firmaron la misiva los congresistas Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) y Albio Sires (D-NJ).
En la carta, Ros-Lehtinen señala que "es indignante que la Administración (Obama) continúe permitiendo que aquellos que son responsables por abusos contra los derechos humanos en Cuba, como Tony Ávila, quien según reportes insultó, golpeó, y cometió otros actos de violencia contra el grupo opositor, las Damas de Blanco, disfruten el lujo de las libertades de los Estados Unidos".

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, emitió en agosto de 2011 la Proclamación 8697, que suspende la entrada a este país a aquellos quienes hayan ordenado o hayan sido cómplices de abusos contra los derechos humanos.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen enfatiza que documentos como éste serán solo "retórica vacía y promesas incumplidas hasta el momento en que esta Administración no tome en serio la defensa de los derechos humanos y el desarrollo de los valores e intereses de Estados Unidos".
June 24, 2014
The Honorable Roberta Jacobson Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520
Dear Assistant Secretary Jacobson: It has come to our attention that Cuban musician and songwriter, Tony Avila, currently in the United States on a tourist visa, has been publicly accused of perpetrating acts of repudiation by several members of the peaceful pro-democracy group known as the Ladies in White, or Damas de Blanco.
According to these pro-democracy women, Mr. Avila is well known in the Matanzas municipality in Cuba for his participation and encouragement of insults, harassment, beatings and general violence against this group of women who stand in opposition to the brutal Castro regime and its policies. According to news reports, Leticia Ramos Herreira, a Matanzas representative of the Ladies in White, as well as several other women, have written a letter denouncing Mr. Avila’s violent actions against these demonstrators.
It is a shame that under the guise of cultural interchanges, individuals, such as Mr. Avila, who regularly participate in the oppression of those who seek democracy, are afforded the luxury of enjoying the freedoms of the United States with no consideration to their sordid history of insulting, beating and committing acts of violence in their own countries.
President Obama’s own Presidential Proclamation 8697 claims to “close the gap” so that human rights abusers are not permitted U.S. entry.
According to the President’s proclamation, U.S. entry must be denied to “(a)ny alien who planned, ordered, assisted, aided and abetted, committed or otherwise participated in” human rights abuses. Under this standard, it appears that Mr. Avila never should have gained U.S. entry.
We would appreciate, in accordance with applicable law, rules and regulations, an investigation into Mr. Avila’s tourist visa issuance and ask that his visa be immediately revoked. Allowing human rights abusers such as Mr. Avila into the United States contravenes our longstanding commitment to supporting human rights and denying safe harbor to those who violate them.
We renectful1.v urge you to deny U.S. entry to human rights abusers in the future.

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