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Cuba: Political Prisoners

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the number of political prisoners in Cuba; and what recent representations he has made to the Government of Cuba on this matter. (206203)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow) on 13 May 2008, Official Report, column 1478W.

The EU Common Position on Cuba calls for the release of all political prisoners. We regularly raise the situation of political prisoners with the Cuban authorities, both in London and Havana, and call for their immediate release. Most recently, I raised the release of political prisoners with Jaime Crombert Hernandez-Baquero, Vice President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, in November 2007 and Cuban Vice Foreign Minister, Eumelio Caballero, in April 2008.