OAA Applauds UN Human Rights Experts Raising Issue of Gross Rights Violations by Government of Cuba

March 26, 2021

A general view of participants during the 29th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council. 3 July 2015. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

OAA Applauds UN Human Rights Experts Raising Issue of Gross Rights Violations by Government of Cuba

(Miami, FL) – OAA applauds the strong expression of concern by numerous United Nations human rights experts about the serious and ongoing campaign of intimidation, harassment, and repression of members of Cuban civil society by the Cuban government. In a communication sent in January but made public this week, seven UN human rights experts and working groups requested information from the Cuban government about credible allegations of repeated and gross violations against independent artists and civil society leaders engaging peacefully in activities such as holding workshops on racism and discrimination, and seeking to travel abroad to participate in a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States.

OAA CEO Dr. Teo Babún said, “We applaud this communication by these independent human rights experts, which puts a spotlight on the abusive and violent tactics by the Cuban government against those seeking to exercise basic freedoms. As an organization that works with Cuba’s independent faith community to support their efforts to exercise their freedom of religion or belief, we are especially encouraged by this action because it reveals the same tactics used by Cuban authorities against religious leaders and communities, such as prohibiting them from traveling abroad, designating them as ‘regulados’. In addition, the freedom of religion or belief is inseparable from the freedoms of expression and assembly, which are addressed in this communication.”




Outreach Aid to the Americas (OAA) is a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to helping vulnerable communities in the Americas through humanitarian assistance, development, and human rights advocacy. Learn more at www.oaausa.org. Please direct inquiries to Javier Peña at [email protected].