22 U.S. Code § 6081 - Findings
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FindingsThe Congress makes the following findings:
Individuals enjoy a fundamental right to own and enjoy property which is enshrined in the United States Constitution.
(3) Since Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959—
(B) through his personal despotism, he has confiscated the property of—
thousands of United States nationals; and
It is in the interest of the Cuban people that the Cuban Government respect equally the property rights of Cuban nationals and nationals of other countries.
(6) This “trafficking” in confiscated property provides badly needed financial benefit, including hard currency, oil, and productive investment and expertise, to the current Cuban Government and thus undermines the foreign policy of the United States—
to bring democratic institutions to Cuba through the pressure of a general economic embargo at a time when the Castro regime has proven to be vulnerable to international economic pressure; and
to protect the claims of United States nationals who had property wrongfully confiscated by the Cuban Government.
International law recognizes that a nation has the ability to provide for rules of law with respect to conduct outside its territory that has or is intended to have substantial effect within its territory.
The United States Government has an obligation to its citizens to provide protection against wrongful confiscations by foreign nations and their citizens, including the provision of private remedies.
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