Cuba

HRF visits and supplies basic technology, educational human rights material, medication, and other humanitarian aid to human rights groups in Cuba, a police state that suffocates civil society and outlaws free expression and other basic rights.

HRF works to increase the information digitally available to Cubans, who are hindered by internet access restrictions, government censorship, and prohibitively slow internet connections. HRF creates educational materials about human rights for civil society leaders to use and distribute within Cuba, both digitally and physically.

Tus Derechos Humanos (TDH) is among the educational materials produced by HRF and distributed in Cuba. The compact, engaging, and visually appealing guide to human rights, printed in pamphlet form, provides in-depth explanations of fundamental human rights, along with questions to provoke discussion and reflection for individual or group readings, in simple-to-follow language that appeals to a wide demographic.

TDH includes sections explaining freedom of thought and expression; the rights to life and personal integrity; freedom of association and movement; the rights to property and to due process; privacy; and political participation. Each section relates basic freedoms to examples of pertinent human rights violations specific to Cuba. Finally, the guide includes an appendix that contains the text of international human rights agreements to which Cuba is a party, including the Interntional Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The guide is highly popular on the island, and is used as a textbook by some Cuban civil society groups. Hundreds of thousands of both hard and digital copies are currently circulating around Cuba.