European Parliament receives petition to sanction Cuban dictatorship, deprive it of financial aid

Rosa María Payá, Hermann Tertsch, Leopoldo López Gil, and José Ramón Bauzá

From our Bureau of Gallant Quixotic Gestures

Let’s see how far this petition gets before it is shredded and shoved aside by leftists in the European Parliament

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

Three members of the European Parliament asked the European Union on Tuesday to review their relations with the Government of Cuba after the authorities denied the legitimacy of the Civic March for Change, called for next November 15. Members of the European Parliament Hermann Tertsch (VOX), Leopoldo López Gil (Popular Party) and José Ramón Bauzá (Citizens) updated the Joint Declaration on Freedom and Democracy in Cuba after the regime’s denial of the right to demonstrate.

The NGOs Amnesty International and Human Right Watch also condemned the violation of human rights in Cuba on Tuesday.

Together with the Cuban activist Rosa María Payá, from CubaDecide, the MEPs asked the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, “to strongly condemn the incessant repression by the Cuban authorities and to offer through the Delegation of the European Union in Cuba all possible assistance to people persecuted by the regime. “

The signatories asked the community bloc “to convene an urgent meeting with the Cuban authorities so that, in light of the systematic violation of the obligations and commitments agreed in the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Cuba, the The EU immediately applies the suspension mechanism provided for in the Agreement “.

The document recalled that Article 85, section 3, letter b of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Cuba establishes the suspension clause of that agreement “due to the repeated and systematic violation of human rights, and to convene with a meeting of the Joint Committee immediately in view of the violations by the Cuban Government of the essential elements of the agreement: not respecting democratic principles, human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. “

The statement also called for “to immediately cease financial aid from the EU to Cuba that may land in the hands of the Cuban regime, which has been systematically provided despite serious past and present violations of human rights, and the foregoing , taking special care not to harm the Cuban people. “

The signatories asked the EU to “adopt sanctions against the persons and entities responsible for human rights violations in Cuba,” as well as “to immediately remedy the situation in which civil society is excluded from access to cooperation funds from participation in the agreement, while, on the other hand, participation and access to said funds are allowed exclusively for companies in which the State participates or controls “.

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1 thought on “European Parliament receives petition to sanction Cuban dictatorship, deprive it of financial aid”

  1. Borrell? Please. Might as well have asked the Mogherini witch. He’s part of the problem, as his response to the 11J protests clearly showed (not that he hadn’t shown it before). He’s highly, uh, compromised.

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