Cuba

11 million people
5,460 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

News & Updates

Freedom House condemns the Cuban government’s increasing use of arbitrary detentions to silence its critics and thwart peaceful assembly on the island, such as the arrest of members of Damas de Blanco.

Issues: 
Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law, Women's Rights
Regions: 
Americas
Arch Puddington
Vice President for Research
Bret Nelson
Program Officer, Freedom in the World & Freedom of the Press

Freedom House yesterday released its annual Freedom of the Press report. The findings paint a grim picture of the state of global media freedom, with just 14 percent of the world’s population enjoying a vibrant press with diverse views and minimal state intrusion.


Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Secretary of State John Kerry, who will appear before Congress this week to discuss the proposed foreign affairs budget for fiscal year 2015.


Freedom House mourns the loss of veteran Cuban freedom champion Huber Matos, one of the most important opposition figures to the Castro regime. Matos, who originally supported Fidel Castro but then spent decades in prison before coming to the United States, died February 27 at age 95. 

Issues: 
Civil Society, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Americas

Signature Reports

Special Reports

Change Comes to Cuba

Economic reforms are causing visible changes and raising expectations in Cuba, a Freedom House survey found. Self-employment is becoming more widespread, and more Cubans now prefer to work independently than for the government. Many Cubans welcome the opportunities that self-employment brings, but others are skeptical or even resentful about the changes taking place in Cuba.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Democratic Governance
Regions: 
Americas

Real Change for Cuba? How Citizens View Their Country's Future

In September 2010, Cuban president Raul Castro announced the beginning of sweeping economic reforms, including the elimination of a million public sector jobs, the easing of restrictions on private enterprise, and the first Communist Party Congress since 1997. To explore what Cubans think about the announced reforms, Freedom House conducted in-depth interviews with 120 people in six provinces from December 2010 to January 2011. These interviews also assessed access to information and technology on the island, and explored Cubans’ values and beliefs, which Freedom House compared with the findings from other countries in the World Values Survey study.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Religious Freedom
Regions: 
Americas

Worst of the Worst 2011: The World's Most Repressive Societies

Freedom House has prepared this special report entitled Worst of the Worst: The World’s Most Repressive Societies, as a companion to its annual survey on the state of global political rights and civil liberties, Freedom in the World. The special report provides summary country reports, tables, and graphical information on the countries that receive the lowest combined ratings for political rights and civil liberties in Freedom in the World, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense
Regions: 
Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Programs

Cuba is the only country in the Americas that consistently makes Freedom House’s list of the Worst of the Worst: the World’s Most Repressive Societies for widespread abuses of political rights and civil liberties. Freedom House has conducted in-depth public opinion surveys and supported efforts by local activists to promote freedom of expression and respond to human rights abuses.

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