Summary: H.Con.Res.81 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House without amendment (04/27/2005)

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Condemns the arrest of more than 75 journalists, labor union organizers, civic leaders, librarians, and human rights activists as political prisoners in March 2003, and the Cuban regime's continuing crackdown against the internal opposition and the independent press.

Expresses admiration and solidarity with the Cuban internal opposition and independent press.

Demands that the Cuban regime release all political prisoners, legalize all political parties, labor unions, and the press, and hold free elections.

Declares that the acts of the Cuban regime, including its widespread and systematic violation of human rights, violate the United Nations (UN) Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that the rule of law should replace the rule of force in Cuba.

Calls for: (1) the European Union (EU), as well as other countries and international organizations, to pressure the Cuban regime to improve its human rights record; and (2) UN member countries to vote against the Cuban regime's membership in the UN Commission on Human Rights, and for passage of a Commission resolution that holds the Cuban regime accountable for its gross violations of human rights and civil liberties.