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Parliamentary question - E-006251/2020(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell on behalf of the European Commission

Under the EU-Cuba Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation, the EU’s objectives in its relationship with Cuba are to encourage political and economic reforms, promote democracy and human rights on the island, and improve the lives of the Cuban people.

As the EU has declared many times, it expects Cuba to respect its citizens’ fundamental freedoms and human dignity. The European External Action Service (EEAS) is following closely and with concern the continued violations of Cuban citizen’s human rights, including the cases of detentions and harassment of political opponents, human rights defenders, activists, and independent journalists.

The EU has raised, and continues raising, these cases with the Cuban authorities, both within the context of the dedicated Dialogue on Human Rights established under the Agreement, and through démarches, outreach, and regular contacts with Cuban interlocutors, including at the highest political level.

This includes the case of Mr Ferrer, to whom the opinion of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention refers. His case was subject of a number of high-level démarches, as well as of a statement by the spokesperson of the High Representative/Vice-President[1]. Mr Ferrer himself has stated that EU pressure has contributed decisively to his release from prison in April 2020.

EU cooperation programmes implemented in Cuba aim to foster the country’s socioeconomic development and its attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, they support sustainable agriculture and food security, the transition to renewable energies, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and socioeconomic modernisation, to the benefit of the Cuban people.

Last updated: 15 January 2021
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