Set Cuba Free
Fidel Castro was a brutal tyrant who ruled by fear and violence. In 2015 alone, over 6,000 cases of arbitrary detention were reported; fundamental rights and freedoms continue to be systematically denied.
Under an Alexander-led Conservative government, Canada would aim to end the dictatorship of the Communist Party of Cuba by:
- Offering large-scale support for human rights organizations and human rights defenders following Cuban issues and cases, including the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation;
- Training political activists and promoting an early peaceful transition to the formation of representative political parties, credible electoral systems and democracy;
- Leading a major international effort to offer training and technical assistance on a significant scale to support independent justice institutions and the rule of law;
- Offering support for free Cuban media, internet freedoms and free digital fora for citizen engagement;
- Building on Canadian private sector investments in Cuba to date by offering support for state agencies and institutions responsible for (i) attracting and protecting foreign investment, (ii) reforming property and commercial law, and (iii) enhancing Cuba’s business environment; and
- Delivering this support in Cuba or, if these offers are refused by the Cuban government, in third countries.
After over sixty years of conflict and repression, Cubans now deserve freedom and growing prosperity.