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The situation of rule of law and human rights in Cuba and Venezuela and EU engagement

Engstrom, P; (2018) The situation of rule of law and human rights in Cuba and Venezuela and EU engagement. European Parliament, Policy Department for External Relations: Brussels, Belgium. Green open access

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Abstract

The EU has a range of tools at its disposal for the advancement of rule of law and human rights objectives in its external relations. However, there are considerable policy challenges in this field in relation to countries that may resist such policies, illustrated in this study’s assessment of EU engagement with Cuba and Venezuela since 2014. Cuba is currently undergoing a significant, yet delicate, process of political change, which offers a strategic opportunity for the EU. Venezuela, in contrast, is experiencing a complex humanitarian emergency that defies simple policy solutions by any external actor. EU-Cuba rapprochement is also contrasted in the study with the EU’s increasingly robust policies adopted in relation to Venezuela. While Cuba and Venezuela are on different trajectories in their respective relations with the EU, the study develops concrete recommendations to enhance the coherence, effectiveness and normative alignment of EU rule of law and human rights policies towards the two countries, as well as more generally. The study also analyses the fate of the Sakharov Prize laureates from both Cuba and Venezuela with a view to strengthen the impact of this specific tool in support of human rights defenders.

Type: Report
Title: The situation of rule of law and human rights in Cuba and Venezuela and EU engagement
ISBN-13: 978-92-846-4338-7
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2861/987520
Publisher version: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/...
Language: English
Additional information: Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy.
Keywords: Venezuela, Cuba, human rights, rule of law, European Union
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064210
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