This report provides an overview of the key religious freedom violations that occurred in Cuba during 2019.
Mar 10, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2020
USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Cuba
Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report:
Cuba Policy Update – This report provides an overview of the key religious freedom violations that occurred in Cuba during 2019. While Cuba adopted a new constitution in April 2019 that changed the country’s constitutional provisions related to freedom of religion or belief, violations have continued. Alongside the constitution, the government uses a restrictive system of laws and policies, surveillance, and harassment to control religious groups and suppress freedom of religion or belief. The report examines the ongoing issues, including the continued detention and harassment of religious leaders and the denial of religious freedom for democracy and human rights activists and independent journalists.
In its 2019 Annual Report, USCIRF placed Cuba on its Tier 2 list.
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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at Media@USCIRF.gov or call (202) 523-3240.