Cuba: U.S. Policy Overview [Updated November 17, 2021]   [open pdf - 503KB]

From the Document: "Cuba remains a one-party authoritarian state with a government that has sharply restricted freedoms of expression, association, assembly, and other basic human rights since the early years of the 1959 Cuban revolution. [...] The Cuban economy is being hard-hit by the economic shutdown associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic; Venezuela's economic crisis, which has reduced Venezuelan financial support; and U.S. economic sanctions. [...] On July 11, 2021, widespread anti-government demonstrations broke out in Havana and in cities and towns throughout the country, with thousands of Cubans protesting shortages of food and medicine, daily blackouts, slow progress on COVID-19 vaccinations, and longstanding concerns about the lack of freedom of expression. The government responded with harsh measures, including widespread detentions of hundreds of protesters, activists, and journalists, and Cuban human rights groups reported summary trials for some of those detained. [...] In its initial months, the Biden Administration announced it was conducting a review of policy toward Cuba. The White House press secretary said in March 2021 that the Administration would make human rights a core pillar of policy and would review policy decisions made in the prior Administration, including the decision to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. [...] Congress has begun consideration of the Administration's FY2022 request of $20 million for Cuba democracy and human rights programming (same as appropriated annually since FY2014) and $12.973 million for Cuba broadcasting (same as appropriated in FY2021)."

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CRS In Focus, IF10045
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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