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Newsline: EU’s top diplomat pledges to send human rights envoy to Cuba

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.” (https://neuters.de/world/eu-send-human-rights-envoy-cuba-will-not-impose-demands-2023-05-26/) 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.

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