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H. Con. Res. 279  (eh) - Whereas there are credible reports that on July 13, 1994, vessels of the Cuban Government fired high-pressure water hoses, repeatedly rammed, and deliberately sank the ``13th of March'', a tugboat carrying 72 unarmed Cuban citizens; Whereas approximately 40 of the men, women, and children passengers on the ``13th of March'' drowned as a result of the actions of the Cuban Government, including over 20 children aboard; Whereas President Clinton deplored the sinking of the ``13th of March'' as ``another example of the brutal nature of the Cuban regime''; Whereas on August 20, 1994, the President pledged that ``The United States will continue to bring before the United Nations and other international organizations evidence of human rights abuses, such as the sinking of the tugboat `13th of March.' Meanwhile, we will pursue this matter with vigor and determination.''; Whereas all of the male survivors of the ``13th of March'' have been imprisoned by the Cuban Government; Whereas the freedom to emigrate is an internationally recognized human right and freedom's fundamental guarantor of last resort; and Whereas the Cuban Government, by prohibiting the existence of a free press and by jamming TV and Radio Marti, denies the Cuban people the right of free access to information, including information about this tragedy: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the Congress-- (1) condemns the Cuban Government for deliberately sinking on July 13, 1994, the ``13th of March'', a tugboat carrying 72 unarmed Cuban citizens, causing the death of approximately 40 Cuban citizens, including over 20 children; (2) urges the President to direct the United States Representative to the United Nations to urge the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that-- (A) condemns the sinking of the ``13th of March''; and (B) provides for a full internationally supervised investigation of the incident; (3) urges the President to direct the United States Representative to the United Nations to urge the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate the sinking of the ``13th of March''; and (4) urges the Cuban Government-- (A) to release from prison and cease intimidation measures against all survivors of the sinking of the ``13th of March''; (B) to identify all individuals missing from such sinking; (C) to recover the bodies of the dead from such sinking; and (D) to return such bodies to their families so that these men, women, and children may have appropriate burial services.


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