The European Union and Cuba held on 3 October in Brussels their second formal Human Rights Dialogue, under the EU-Cuba Agreement on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.

The dialogue aimed to enhance bilateral engagement in areas with potential for progress. The two sides discussed freedom of expression and access to information, as well as gender equality and the rights of vulnerable groups, where the EU stressed the need to ensure the totality of the political, economic and social rights for all.

The EU and Cuba agreed to explore further collaboration through exchange of best practices, including on combating violence against women, modernising the regulatory framework and improving access to the internet.

The Human Rights Dialogue is one of five political dialogues held under the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, which is being provisionally applied since 2017. All five political dialogues are preceded by events with civil society.