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Recognition of religion or belief in Cuba

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Cuba are classified terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in Cuba


  • Cuba espouses state atheism.

  • The Communist Party of Cuba controls the majority of religious activity in the country and the government is subordinate to the Party.

  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; legal registration is primarily focused on yet achieving registration does not grant the group capacity to conduct its activities freely without government interjection.

  • The government stipulates broad and vague terms as to what a religious group must follow in order to easily accuse them of breaking such stipulations as then a means of deregistering them.

  • The rule of mandatory registration violates the Bielefeldt provision; other aspects of the Cuban system also violate various aspects of the Durham principles.

  • Subjective language in the legislation is widespread, making it easy for the government to manipulate the legislation to restrict religious activity.

Positive elements:

  • Horizontal recognition is in effect.


  • Complete dismantlement of the restrictive policies and registration requirements, primarily the mandatory registration rule and excessive informational requirements.

  • End all means of violence to maintain restrictions.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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