ABSTRACT

Perspective Series: Cuba: Systematic Repression of Dissent   [open pdf - 491KB]

"This report has been written to address the information needs and issues of concern to U.S. Asylum Officers. [...]. As described in chapters II-VII of this report, Cuba is a one-party Communist state, in which every Cuban is subject to a totalitarian system of political and social control. That system is institutionalized and given legal framework by the 1976 Constitution and the Penal Code, which together outlaw virtually any form of political or civic activity outside the purview of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Anyone deemed by the regime to be in opposition to it is regarded as a 'counterrevolutionary' and an 'enemy,' and is therefore at risk of punishment. The judicial system is constitutionally subordinated to the executive and legislative branches and under the control of the PCC. That leaves Cubans with no recourse before the unlimited powers of the state, which has 'zero tolerance for the growth of civil society'1 and systematically violates the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly, privacy and due process of law."

Report Number:
PS/CUB/99.001
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Date:
1998-12
Copyright:
Public Domain
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: http://www.uscis.gov/
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pdf
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