For almost fifty years, Fidel Castro has ruled with an iron-fist as a communist dictator of the Cuban people. He has repressed their freedoms and stunted their economy. With reports that he may in fact resign as president, there is a window of opportunity for the Cuban people to begin building a free and democratic society that respects the rights of its people.

However, if Castro decides to simply replace his repressive rule with that of another, the Cuban people will remain subject to the ills of tyranny. That is unacceptable. Instead, the Cuban government should release all political prisoners immediately and begin working with the international community to do all we can to bring democracy and freedom to the Cuban people.