Justin Trudeau's government communicated to Cuba its “great concern” over the “violent repression” of protests in the Caribbean country
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File: a group of people in favor of the dictatorship respond to the thousands of protesters who they were in the streets throughout the country (EFE/Ernesto Mastrascusa)
Canada has communicated to Cuba its “great concern” about the “violent repression”of the protests in the Caribbean country and condemned the sentences against the protesters on July 11, 2021, but did not indicate whether it will sanction the Cuban regime as requested by human rights organizations.
The The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the news agency EFE that it has transmitted “to the highest levels” of the Cuban regime its concern about the repression against protesters, journalists and activists and that condemns the “harsh sentences” of the 9/11 protesters, to up to 13 years in prison, according to the ruling leaked this month.
“Canada will continue to raise concerns about human rights violations with Cuban officials ”, declared Canadian Foreign Office spokeswoman Sabrina Williams.
Williams also confirmed that senior Canadian officials have met with the NGO Democratic Spaces,that on November 14, together with the organization Cuba Decide, requested Ottawa sanctions for Miguel Díaz-Canel, as well as for high-ranking officials and entities of the regime for human rights violations. p>
The spokeswoman did not indicate whether Canada would sanction the Cuban regime, but added that the Canadian government considers it important to “provide human rights defenders with a voice and better understand their concerns, also to express them to Cuban officials.”
The director of Democratic Spaces considered that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “admires” to the Cuban regime
Michael Lima, a human rights activist and director of Democratic Spaces, confirmed that he met on November 16 with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and said that, although Ottawa has not announced sanctions against the regime, he has detected a change in mentality in the Canadian authorities.
“We are pleased that Canada understands that Cuba is a dictatorship, one of the oldest in the world, and that justice is needed. I liked seeing the change of mentality in Canadian government officials who understand that human rights are systematically violated in Cuba,” he stated.
Lima blamed Canada's different attitude towards countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua or Iran, to which Ottawa has applied sanctions similar to those requested against Cuba, in the absence of information on what is happening in that last country.
“We are asking for uniformity in (Canadian) foreign policy,” he explained.
The director of Democratic Spaces considered that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “admires” the Cuban regime for the friendship that his father, Pierre Trudeau, who ruled Canada on two occasions, first from 1968 to 1979 and later from 1980 to 1984, had with Fidel Castro.
“And if the first The minister has that position, influences the formulation of foreign policy,” he said.
(With information from EFE)