Baird Meets with Members of Civil Society in Cuba

Baird Meets with Members of Civil Society in Cuba

February 15, 2013 - Havana - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird participates in a round-table discussion with members of Cuban civil society. The exchange gave the Minister an opportunity to discuss Cuba’s economic liberalization process and prospects of this leading to greater political freedom on the island, which remains under authoritarian control.

Although there have been some advances with respect to human rights in recent years, much remains to be done.

The Minister conveyed Canada’s view that all Cubans should have a role in building for their country a better, brighter and more prosperous future. This meeting was a chance for the Minister to hear what is being done by civil society groups and to get their assessment of the current human rights situation in Cuba. He pledged Canada’s support for efforts to secure freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the only remaining Communist country in the Western hemisphere.

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