People in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Editorial credit:  jakubtravelphoto /


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. 

People gather in Myanmar to protest the February 1, 2021 military coup. (Image credit: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Freedom in the World — Cuba Country Report

Cuba is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.


In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.