Key Moments from Rubio's Hearing with Human Rights Activists After the president visited Cuba and left, what was government - the Castro government’s reaction to the people who met with him? Did you notice a change in their behavior after he left? ......
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 27,2017 - VIDEO: Key Moments from Rubio's Hearing with Human Rights Activists
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, with prominent human rights activists and experts.
Mr. Garry Kasparov, a Russian activist living in exile in America; Dr. Halah Eldoseri, a Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist; and Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Machado, a Cuban artist, testified about the oppression they've experienced under the governments of their respective home countries and the critical role the United States has to play in safeguarding the fundamental human rights of all people.
Partial transcripts and links to videos of the hearing’s key moments and Rubio’s opening statement are below.
VIDEO: Key exchange with Danilo "El Sexto" Maldonado Machado
RUBIO: After the president visited Cuba and left, what was government - the Castro government’s reaction to the people who met with him? Did you notice a change in their behavior after he left? Did they become more repressive after the fact?
EL SEXTO: No, repression has increased.
VIDEO: Key exchange with Garry Kasparov
RUBIO: What would the impact be on our credibility, on America’s standing in the world and quite frankly our national security but in particular I want you to opine on our credibility and our standing in the world as a nation who promotes democracy and liberty and the rights of all people, what would it do to our standing if despite all of these things that we now know we somehow enter a geopolitical deal with Moscow in which we are willing to overlook all these things and sovereignty of nations like Ukraine in exchange for their supposed cooperation in Syria. What would the impact be on America’s standing in the world if we going into a deal with a criminal like this?
KASPAROV: Thank you Mr. Chairman. I agree with everything that you said about Vladimir Putin and his regime. I think it’s important to emphasize that the United States of America and Putin’s Russia – let me emphasize Putin’s Russia – have no common values, no common ground, and no common interests.
VIDEO: Key exchange with Dr. Halah Eldoseri
RUBIO: My last question doctor is because of your activism, because of your testimony here today, because of the words you’ve expressed and the work that you’ve done, what do they say about you in Saudi Arabia?
ELDOSERI: Well, I think one of the things that we learn to do, I am sure there are mixed feelings-
RUBIO: By the government, I apologize.
ELDOSERI: Well I do see my name coming in the formal print media and in online defamation campaigns all the time and the names of other people who are doing the same and similar to my distinguished colleague here. I think that we learn to work without thinking of things beyond our control. We tend to uphold our values and our principles and try to do the