CUFAN, or the Cuba FoRB Advocacy Network, is an initiative of OAA’s broader religious freedom advocacy work. The members of CUFAN come from and represent a variety of sectors—public, private, educational, and NGOs—and numerous countries, and are united by their support of religious freedom and other fundamental rights for all Cubans.
Among other things, members of this network will:
- receive regular updates on FoRB developments in Cuba
- be invited to attend in-person and virtual events
- have the opportunity to meet with OAA staff members to learn more about our work and the state of FoRB in Cuba
- be encouraged to amplify news and messages among your networks
- be invited to participate in joint advocacy actions, such as open letters
Online Workshop on Indicators for Documenting and Reporting on FoRB Violations in Cuba — July 8 and 29: Click here to view more information
Notable resources about freedom of religion or belief in Cuba
- Washington Examiner Op-Ed: “I’m a Cuban Priest Who Works with Young People. There Is Hope for Cuba” (August 2021)
- OAA CEO Teo Babun Op-Ed in the Washington Examiner: “On religious freedom, Cuba should follow Uzbekistan’s example” (November 2020)
- Communication to the Government of Cuba by UN human rights experts, including the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief Ahmed Shaheed, published May 2020 (Spanish)
This communication raised concerns about allegations of FoRB violations of Pastor Alain Toledano of the Apostolic Movement, his family and his congregation. Joining the UN Special Rapporteur Shaheed were the mandate holders for freedom of opinion and expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, minority issues, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
- 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom in Cuba
(In 2019, the State Department placed Cuba on the Special Watch List: “On December 18, in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, as amended, the Secretary of State placed Cuba on the Special Watch List for having engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom.”)
If you would like join CUFAN or would like to learn more, you may contact OAA’s Communications and Outreach Director, Javier Peña, at [email protected].
At this time there are no fees, but these may be introduced at a later time.