Cuba is a one-party communist state that outlaws political pluralism, suppresses dissent, and severely restricts basic civil liberties. The government continues to dominate the economy despite recent reforms that permit some private-sector activity. The regime’s undemocratic character has not changed despite new leadership in 2018 and a process of diplomatic “normalization” with Washington, which has stalled in recent years.
Our Work in Cuba
In the face of heightened repression of human rights activists, widespread media censorship, and a critical humanitarian crisis, Freedom House supports Venezuelan organizations to serve as effective human rights watchdogs, to sustain and strengthen domestic independent media, and to raise awareness of Venezuela’s complex crisis at the international level, including the United Nations.
To learn more about Freedom House's work in the region, visit our Latin America and the Caribbean programs page.
Freedom in the World — Cuba Country Report
Cuba is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
- 2019 Cuba Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!
Freedom on the Net — Cuba Country Report
Cuba is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
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January 8, 2020
Cuba: Authorities Must Release Detained Human Rights Defenders opens in new tab
October 14, 2019
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December 13, 2018
With New Members, the UN Human Rights Council Goes from Bad to Worse opens in new tab
November 19, 2018
Cuba: Government Denies Entry to Pro-Democracy Figures opens in new tab
March 7, 2018
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November 1, 2017