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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2018
Question for written answer E-006011-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Role of the Sakharov Prize in bilateral EU-Cuba relations
 Answer in writing 

On Sunday, 25 November 2018, in Havana, the leader of the Ladies in White movement, Berta Soler, and eight other members of the movement were detained for two hours. In Matanzas, 40 more members of Ladies in White were arrested. The Cuban Government has also banned Berta Soler from leaving the country.

In his recent visit to Cuba, the Spanish Prime Minister passed up the opportunity to meet with members of the democratic opposition, despite the fact that the European Parliament’s most recent resolution on the human rights situation in Cuba (2018/2926(RSP)) called on Member States and the VP/HR to acknowledge their role in bilateral relations.

Given that the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, which entered into force on 1 November 2018, establishes a basis for an ongoing human rights dialogue:
1. How will the VP/HR guarantee the human rights of the Ladies in White in asserting their status as Sakharov Prize laureates?
2. What steps will the VP/HR be taking to ensure that the Ladies in White are included in political dialogue between the EU and Cuba?
3. What measures is the VP/HR going to take to ensure that Member States recognise the key role played by Sakharov Prize laureates and thus ensure that the EU has a coherent policy on human rights?
Original language of question: ES 
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