The European Union has given the green light to scrap sanctions against Cuba, but insists the communist Island’s human rights record must improve. Sanctions were imposed on Cuba after the imprisonment of more than seventy Cuban dissidents in 2003.
Despite US calls to remain tough on Havana European Commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner said the decision would be reviewed in a year’s time: “Yes, the sanctions on Cuba will be lifted, but at the same time, there will be very clear language also on what the Cubans still have to do. I mean of course, releasing prisoners really to work on human rights questions.’‘
European sanctions against Cuba were suspended in 2005, but complete abolition of EU sanctions is being seen as an attempt to encourage more reform under President Raul Castro.