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AFET Press Release of 14 July 2021 on the crackdown on protesters in Cuba

Cuba: David McAllister denounces the crackdown on protesters

The Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, David McAllister, condemns the latest escalation in the repression of protests in Cuba.

Mr McAllister (EPP, DE), stated on Wednesday 14 July:

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the crackdown on the peaceful protests taking place in Cuba and I am alarmed by the escalation of repression and by the human rights situation in the country.

The Cuban dictatorship is the longest standing one in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1959, the military regime with a single party system has subjugated the Cuban people. Moreover, the lack of freedoms, the constant denial of political pluralism, and the systematic violations of human rights are coupled with an economic model that causes chronic shortages of food medicine, and other basic services. In this context, the poor handling of the COVID-19 health crisis has accentuated the political and social discontent on the island.

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AFET Press Release of 8 July 2021 on punitive laws against the opposition in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: MEPs demand the repeal of punitive laws against the opposition

  • Drifting further into authoritarianism, the regime attempts to impede free and fair elections
  • The EU should increase sanctions on the Nicaraguan regime

MEPs condemn restrictive laws devised to criminalise political opponents in Nicaragua and call for all arbitrarily detained political prisoners to be immediately released.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs strongly condemn all the Nicaraguan authorities' repressive actions, in particular the deaths caused, against democratic opposition parties and other opponents of the regime.

MEPs demand the immediate and unconditional release of all arbitrarily detained political prisoners, among them pre-presidential candidates, as well as other opposition activists, human rights defenders and journalists. The government must provide an immediate proof of life and whereabouts of those imprisoned, they urge.

The Nicaraguan regime is deepening its authoritarian drift, they underline, closing off democratic space and international mediation for a peaceful solution to the conflict, clearly impeding free and fair elections due to be held on 7 November 2021.

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Joint Press Release of 15 June 2021 on the ongoing detention of opposition leaders in Nicaragua

Statement on the ongoing detention of opposition leaders in Nicaragua

Leading MEPs condemn the latest escalation in the repression of the opposition in Nicaragua and call for the immediate release of all detained opposition leaders.

Chairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister (EPP, DE) and the Delegation for Relations with the countries of Central America, Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, LU), state:

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing systematic detention and arrest of opposition leaders and potential presidential candidates on flimsy charges in Nicaragua. We are alarmed by the escalation of repression in Nicaragua last weekend, when five more opposition leaders were detained."

"We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the potential presidential candidates Cristiana Chamorro, Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastian Chamorro, and the opposition leaders Suyen Barahona, Dora María Téllez, Víctor Hugo Tinoco, Hugo Torres, Ana Margarita Vijil, Tamara Dávila Rivas, José Pallais, Violeta Granera, Jose Adan Aguerri and all other political prisoners."


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Joint Press Release of 15 December 2020 on the harassment of Cuban activists

Cuba: Lead MEPs condemn harassment of Cuban activists participating in a European Parliament meeting

Statement by the Chair of the Delegation for relations with countries of Central America, Tilly Metz (Greens/EFA, LU), signed jointly with the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister (EPP, DE) and the European Parliament's Vice-President, Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, FI)

In reaction to the harassment of Cuban human rights activists, including 2005 Sakharov Prize winner Berta Soler, who were participating in an extraordinary remote meeting of the Delegation for relations with countries of Central America (DCAM) entitled "The Implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Cuba: state of play" last Friday (11 December 2020), Tilly Metz, David McAllister, and Heidi Hautala stated:

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