EU says it is sending a human rights envoy to Cuba, but will not make any demands

The European Union continues its policy of codding the Castro dictatorship and paying minimal lip service to human rights atrocities in communist Cuba.

Via Reuters:

The European Union will send a special human rights envoy to Cuba this year to discuss the aftermath of anti-government protests in July 2021, but the EU’s top diplomat said it will not “impose” demands on the Communist-run Caribbean nation.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, on a visit to Cuba this week, said EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore would visit the island in late November “to analyze the situation created before, during and after the demonstrations and arrests.”

Hundreds of Cubans remain in jail after the protests, the largest since former leader Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.

Rights groups, the European Union and the United States have all critiqued Cuba’s response to such protests as heavy-handed and repressive. Cuba’s government said those jailed were guilty of assault, vandalism and sedition.

Borrell said the European Union, Cuba´s top trade partner, would stop short of making demands on the government despite disagreements over human rights.

The 27-member EU has repeatedly rejected the United States´ Cold War-era trade embargo, and Washington putting Cuba on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

“The European Union has neither the capacity nor the will to impose changes in Cuba, but we do want to maintain a framework that allows us to talk about everything that unites and divides us without taboos or prohibitions,” Borrell said.

As the Castro dictatorship’s largest trading partner, the EU is not interested in making waves or jeopardizing its business interests with the murderous regime in Havana. Instead, it will send a human rights envoy, who likely will meet exclusively with Castro dictatorship officials and perhaps a couple of “dissidents” hand-picked by the regime. It will then all end with a tepid statement calling on the Cuban dictatorship to “do better” followed by a strong statement reiterating the EU’s commitment to working with the regime to expand business.

In other words, la misma mierda de siempre.

2 thoughts on “EU says it is sending a human rights envoy to Cuba, but will not make any demands”

  1. In other words, this is pure BS, which everyone involved knows perfectly well, so it’s really much more of an insult to the Cuban people than anything else. Really, it would be better if the EU just gave us the finger.

  2. The guy said, and I quote : “La UE no tiene ni la capacidad ni la voluntad de imponer cambios en Cuba” (the European Union has neither the capacity nor the desire to impose changes in Cuba). Enough said.

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