H.Res. 536: Condemning the murder of Wilman Villar Mendoza and honoring his sacrifice in the cause of freedom for the Cuban people. Read More


This resolution was introduced on Feb 2, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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Condemning the murder of Wilman Villar Mendoza and honoring his sacrifice in the cause of freedom for the Cuban people.

Whereas Wilman Villar Mendoza, a pro-democracy activist, subsequent prisoner of conscience, husband, and father of two young children, died at the hands of the brutal Castro dictatorship on January 19, 2012, after suffering inhumane treatment, beatings, and abhorrent prison conditions; Whereas Villar Mendoza was a member of the Cuban Patriotic Union and was arrested in Contramaestre on November 14, 2011, for protesting against the totalitarian regime in Cuba and demanding basic human rights and liberty, and was sentenced to four years in prison for ``contempt''; Whereas Villar Mendoza began a hunger strike that lasted more than 50 days, was transferred to the infamous Aguadores prison on January 13, 2012, and was reportedly kept naked in solitary confinement in a humid prison cell, deprived of water and medical treatment; Whereas he was transferred to Juan Bruno Zayas Hospital in Santiago and, while he languished in a coma, dying of pneumonia and multiple organ failures; Whereas the Cuban regime locked down the hospital to prevent family members, friends, and fellow activists from visiting the dying Villar Mendoza; Whereas the regime in Cuba reportedly has brutally beaten and harassed Villar Mendoza's wife, Maritza Pelegrino Cabrales, for her participation in the women's democracy group the Ladies in White, and has threatened to take away her children if she does not abandon the group; Whereas representatives of many foreign governments condemned Cuba's egregious human...

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Bill Summary

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