On March 28, the Brussels office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation had the pleasure of welcoming a delegation of Human Rights activists from Cuba. Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz-Pacheco, President of the Cuban Human Rights Commission (Comisión Cubana de Derechos Humanos y Reconciliación Nacional) and his two colleagues were visiting Brussels to raise awareness about the ongoing Human Rights violations in Cuba.
In the framework of the start of the talks on a political agreement between the EU and Cuba, Human Rights activists from Cuba came together and publish a common manifesto (click here to view the manifesto in Spanish or English). While the EU reaches out to Cuba, they want to make sure that fundamental issues of Human Rights violations are kept high on the agenda and are discussed seriously at the negotiation table.
On February 10th 2014 European Foreign ministers backed the start of talks on a political agreement with Cuba. The decision by the EU’s foreign ministers is the most significant move by the EU since 2008, and is intended to provide a structure for and inject dynamism into the development of relations with Cuba.
Meanwhile, the cases of people arrested, detained and prosecuted for political reasons in Cuba are steadily increasing, as shows the data collected by the Cuban Human Rights Commission. You can view the data since January 2010 by clicking here.