Cuba: Religious Freedom:Written question - 144860

Asked by Helen Goodman
(Bishop Auckland)

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Asked on: 16 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Cuba: Religious Freedom
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on freedom of religion or belief of registration requirements for religious groups in Cuba; and if he will take steps to encourage the establishment of a clear framework for religious groups to operate legally in that country.
Answered by: Sir Alan Duncan
Answered on: 21 May 2018

The Cuban constitution guarantees freedom of religion, and the Office of Religious Affairs has a regulatory function, which includes registration. While some religious groups state there is greater need for clarity in those processes, others report that long delays, and complex bureaucratic requirements are the principal issue. On 16 May, as part of the UN's Universal Periodic Review Process, the UK urged Cuba to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – which includes several articles related to freedom of religion and belief.

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