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Parliamentary questions
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14 March 2017
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: P-000805/2017

The defence and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms is central to the EU-Cuba relationship. The EU is monitoring developments in this regard closely. Both the Delegation and EEAS headquarters are in regular contact with all sectors of Cuban society, including human rights defenders. The local EU Human Rights Working Group brings together representatives of all EU diplomatic missions and regularly meets with Human Rights defenders.

The recently signed EU-Cuba Agreement on political dialogue and cooperation aims at creating the institutional framework for regular dialogue and enhanced cooperation, including in the area of human rights. Human rights-related concerns are raised with the Cuban authorities, not least through the dedicated EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue held annually at the level of EU Special Representative for Human Rights Lambrinidis.

With regards to Mr Cardet, the EU Delegation and a number of EU embassies in Havana are intending to send observers to his trial.

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