Organizations ask to suspend EU-Cuba Agreement in commission of the Italian Senate

MIAMI, United States.- Several human rights organizations asked this week the Senate and the Italian government to withdraw the ratification of the Dialogue Agreement between the European Union and Cuba, due to serious breaches by Havana.

According to a note from Radio Television Martion June 30, representatives of the Cuban Association for Democracy and ODV Democrazia e Libertà spoke before the Human Rights Commission of the Italian Senate via videoconference.

During the hearing, which was chaired by the Vice President of the Commission, Senator Tony Iwobi, the petitions spoke of urging the Italian government to ask the Council of the EU to apply the so-called Magnitsky Law to those responsible for human rights violations. in Cuba.

“In particular, a specific list of those directly responsible who are part of the regime’s military, judicial and political leadership,” said Julio Rodríguez Pellitero, a lawyer for Cubans for Democracy, according to Martí’s text.

“The repression during the events of July 11 was appalling and its consequences continue to this day,” he said, recalling “the political nature of the trials and the procedural violations committed against the protesters of July 11, 2021, as well as the torture inflicted on prisoners, including minors.”

Rodríguez Pellitero criticized the European Commission and the EU Member States, calling them responsible for what is happening on the island because they “passively tolerate violations such as those described.”

Likewise, Pellitero said, companies such as Meliá, Iberostar and Bouygues Bâtiment International are also accomplices of the dictatorship for “financing the survival of the regime.”

According to a statement from the participants, Sara Sánchez, from ODV Democrazia e Libertà and a nurse by profession, denounced the “practices of modern slavery suffered by the Cuban medical brigades sent to Italy during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Sánchez criticized the Italian institutions and political parties that allowed the forced labor of Cuban doctors, despite the existing complaints before international organizations and the UN.

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