Spaniard King defends human rights and democracy in visit to Cuba

Written by on November 26, 2019

Spaniard King Felipe VI publicly defended human rights and democracy during a visit to Cuba, where the monarch tried to reinforce the cultural and diplomatic relations between Spain and the Caribbean island.

During a Thursday press conference in Havana in front of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the king said that “human rights are best defended in a democracy,” after pointing out that any political change in Cuba had to be made by the Cuban people instead of a foreign government.

The Spaniard king also underscored the necessity for Cuban institutions to “represent the diverse and plural reality” of society, and to fully respect the rights of every single citizen, including the right “to freely express their ideas, freedom of association and assembly.”

Felipe VI used the 1978 Spanish Constitution as a model, arguing it was “based on agreement, negotiation, consensus and reconciliation,” and said it had allowed Spain to see its “best years as a fully democratic country.”

“From this Constitution and from our very history, Spaniards have learned that human rights, freedom and the dignity of people and the interests of our citizens are best represented and defended in a democracy,” he pointed out.

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