Delegation of the European Union to Cuba

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7 November 2019, New York – European Union Explanation of Vote at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on the Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba

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Freedom of expression, in all its forms, is the very essence of democracy. Only with a thriving, free and independent media landscape, we can hold governments, businesses and society at large accountable. And precisely for this fundamental right, far too often, journalists and media workers are attacked, persecuted, harassed, or intimidated for carrying out their work. Most journalists are not wounded in the heat of war coverage, but suffer violence in our immediate surroundings. In 2018 alone, 94 journalists and media staff were killed in work-related incidents as reported by the International Federation of Journalists. Hundreds more have been subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention without ever having been tried in a court.

The European Union, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration, will co-host the International solidarity conference on the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis on 28-29 October in Brussels.

It is estimated that, so far, approximately 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled as a result of the political turmoil, socio-economic instability and humanitarian crisis in their country.

On 24 October we celebrate the laying of the first stone of the most universal multilateral project in history: the United Nations.

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The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.

EU and Cuba hold Human Rights Dialogue

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On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.

High Representative/Vice-President for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini concluded her official visit to Cuba, where she co-chaired the second EU-Cuba Joint Council on 9 September 2019 in Havana with Cuban Minister for Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez.

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