This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only those who have signed it.
The Parliamentary Assembly condemns the repression of political
dissidents in Cuba and urges that state’s authorities to end their
"iron fist" policy against the local population.
Recent events, such as the death of dissident Orlando Zapata
and the suppression of some protests, show that the situation in
the country is not improving. The Government of Cuba continues its
‘iron fist’ policy, rather than starting a new era in which the
rule of law, democracy and human rights are respected and promoted.
The Assembly supports the will of the people in Cuba and worldwide
and calls for an end to repression, the immediate and unconditional
release of all political prisoners in Cuba, and respect for the
fundamental rights of the Cuban population. In accordance with the
founding principles of the Council of Europe, the Assembly is determined
to support Cubans’ desire to decide on their own future and to take
advantage of universal rights and freedoms.
The Assembly calls on member governments of the Council of
Europe to use all diplomatic initiatives to support the Cuban people
in their struggle for human rights and democratic freedoms.