Policy paper: Cuba: Still An Island of Fear. Supporting domestic dialogue in Cuba
Cuba is passing through a change of leaderhip which in some ways can be describeed as historic. The former dictator Fidel Castro officially passed the reigns of power on to his brother Raul Castro in February of this year. However this did not coincide with any change in the repressive policies of the regime towards political prisoners or the relaxation of essential human rights. Without free and fair elections, the legitimacy of Raul’s administration will be called into question, again and again.
It is within these circumstances that the paper argues for a new EU strategy towards Cuba. A bolder policy should be constituted by Brussels to make all political dialogue with Havana dependent on a liberalisation of current Cuban policy. Our paper analyses the current situation and offers a number of conrete recommendations for a change in the EU agenda towards Cuba. Without a change in stance, the EU’s wait-and-see approach is tantamount to tacit support for the continued imprisonment of political prisoners on a island, still defined by repression and fear.