For more than 50 years, the Castro regime has been responsible for horrific human rights violations. Among the victims are American citizens who were tortured or murdered by agents of the Cuban government. These Americans suffered unspeakably, and the Castros have never been held accountable.
Many of the family members of these Castro victims have obtained lawful judgments against Cuba in U.S. courts. In every case, the Cuban Government refused even to appear in court to defend itself because it was unwilling to submit to cross-examination and the impartial fact-finding that the U.S. legal system would ensure.
The torture judgments against the Cuban government and the Castros now total in the billions. These judgments formally recognize the responsibility that the Castro regime has for these murders, and they demonstrate the family members’ entitlement to some measure of compensation for the crimes committed.
Under settled international law, Cuba is obligated to provide prompt, adequate, and effective compensation to these victims of human rights violations such as those who hold legal judgments against it. The Castro Victims Alliance advocates on behalf of those families who have suffered so tragically at the hands of the Castros and urges both Congress and the Executive Branch to insist on fair settlement of these judgments prior to any relaxation of the existing economic embargo.