Dissidents oppose friendlier EU Cuba policy

Published on 15 July 2010 at 13:42

La Vanguardiareports that a group of Cuban "political prisoners has asked the EU not to change its policy on Cuba." On their arrival in Spain, nine of the 52 political prisoners whose release was announced by the Castro regime on 8 July announced "that they would like to consult with the European Parliament before next September’s review of the EU’s Common Position on Cuba, which has remained unchanged since 1996." According to the daily, the dissidents want to raise awareness of "living conditions in Cuba, which has not complied with a request to safeguard human rights, which is one of the key points of the Common Position."

La Vanguardia points out that "most of the prisoners believe that their release is a step on the road to change." However, they do not think it should be viewed as proof that human rights and pluralist democracy will soon prevail on the island. One of the freed dissidents, Normando Hernández, who had been sentenced to 25 years in prison, described the Cuban government’s decision as "a smokescreen," and further insisted abandoning the Common Position would be an “aberration” because "its objectives have yet to be attained." This view not shared by Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, who, during a recent visit to the island, announced that there was "no reason" for the EU to maintain its Common Position on Cuba.

Was this article useful? If so we are delighted! It is freely available because we believe that the right to free and independent information is essential for democracy. But this right is not guaranteed forever, and independence comes at a cost. We need your support in order to continue publishing independent, multilingual news for all Europeans. Discover our membership offers and their exclusive benefits and become a member of our community now!

Are you a news organisation, a business, an association or a foundation? Check out our bespoke editorial and translation services.

Support independent European journalism

European democracy needs independent media. Join our community!

On the same topic