European Parliament calls for sanctions against Cuba

The European Parliament assures that there are alleged human rights violations, after the protests that took place on July 11 on the island

The European Parliament asked the European Union to apply sanctions to Cuba for human rights violations after the massive protests on July 11, calling into question the European strategy of dialogue with Havana.

In a resolution agreed by popular, liberal and conservative people, the European Parliament demanded restrictions on Havana in the margin of the regime approved by the EU to attack human rights violations. Likewise, it asks to urgently convene the joint Political Dialogue and Cooperation commission to address these cases. The text was approved with 426 votes in favor, 146 against and 115 abstentions.

Both the PSOE and United Podemos MEPs have spoken out against the resolution, adding their votes to the Greens, although an important part of the social democratic group has abstained.

The resolution is critical of the Political and Cooperation Dialogue established by the EU in 2016 and considers that it is de facto broken by the alleged harassment of activists and dissidents by the Cuban government, a situation that, they warn, continues to worsen.

Source: dpa

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