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Friday, October 12, 2018

Cuba and European Union dialogue on human rights

Havana, Oct 12. -Cuba and the European Union ratified the willingness to address any issue, on the basis of full respect for sovereign equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of the parties.

During a new round of the dialogue on human rights between the two parties, carried out in Havana, the common interest prevailed to exchange views and to broaden the knowledge of the respective realities, as well as on current topics of the international agenda on human rights.

According to a press release published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (MINREX), the delegations were chaired by Hugo Sobral, Deputy Director-General for the Americas of the European External Action Service of the European Union, and Rodolfo Reyes Rodríguez, Director General of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of MINREX.

The meeting dealt with issues relating to civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural as well as multilateral cooperation.

The Cuban delegation referred to the achievements of the country on the issues discussed during the dialogue, which have been achieved by overcoming the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, which constitutes a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of all the Cuban people, and the main obstacle to the development of the country.

It also ratified the commitment to move towards higher levels of realization of all human rights, and greater welfare and social justice for our people, within the framework of the process of updating the Cuban economic and social development model.

In this sense, the representation of Cuba mentioned that the broad, profound and participatory process of popular consultation carried out by the draft new constitution of the republic, is another example of the commitment of the Cuban state and government with the democracy and human rights.

Also, a meeting of representatives of the Cuban and European civil society was held, in which they exchanged experiences and good practices on the promotion and protection of LGBTI people’s rights, and the gender equality matter.

The parties agreed that the dialogue would contribute to an effective, constructive and non-discriminatory treatment of the topic of human rights, including in multilateral forums, and to the consolidation of Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreements between the European Union and Cuba.

This is the first round after the provisional entry into force on November  1st, 2017 of that document. (ACN) (Photo: CubaMinrex/ Taken from Cubadebate)