Press Advisory: Center for a Free Cuba Mourns the Passing of Madeleine Albright and Recognizes Her Support for a Free Cuba

Press Advisory

Center for a Free Cuba Mourns the Passing of Madeleine Albright and Recognizes Her Support for a Free Cuba

Washington, DC, March 23, 2022

Contacts: John Suarez (612) 367-6845

Madeleine Albright (1937 – 2022)

Center for a Free Cuba. “We mourn the passing of Madeleine Albright, one of America’s strongest advocates for democracy and human rights. Cubans especially remember her condemnation of the Castro regime’s shooting down two Brothers to the Rescue planes on February 24, 1996, and the murder of four Cuban American civilians in international airspace by Cuban MIGs,” said John Suarez, executive director, Center for a Free Cuba.

On February 24, 2021, Albright wrote in a tweet: “25 years ago today, in an act of pure cowardice, the Castro regime shot down four pilots of Brothers To The Rescue. My thoughts are with the families of these heroes and all who still yearn for change in Cuba”. (https://twitter.com/madeleine/status/1364605438189318149). This tweet echoed the statements and actions Ambassador Albright made in February and March 1996.

Madeleine Albright addresses Cuban exiles in Miami on March 2, 1996 following the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown on February 24, 1996.

Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia, and her experience as a refugee fleeing both Nazism and Communism made her a friend to the Cuban exile community. Today we recognize Ambassador Albright’s support for the cause of freedom in Cuba and celebrate her life dedicated to defending human rights and liberty around the world, ” observed John Suarez, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba.