Cuba’s Decree-Law 35/21 is Incompatible with International Standards / Cubalex

(There are no subtitles for this video. Our apologies.) Presented by Laritza Diversent, Director of Cubalex, for the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament on September 6, 2021: Decree Law 35/21 is incompatible with international standards as it indirectly restricts freedom of opinion and expression in the digital context and promotes discrimination based on … Continue reading “Cuba’s Decree-Law 35/21 is Incompatible with International Standards / Cubalex”

Cuban President Diaz-Canel Misinforms, Comparing Cuba’s Decree-Law 35 with European Legislation

14ymedio, Havana, 19 August 2021 — The Government is up in arms against the criticism raised by Decree-Law 35, which is intended to penalize false news in Cuba, its dissemination and the publication of “offensive messages or defamations that harm the prestige of the country”. The slogan now is to allege that there are countries … Continue reading “Cuban President Diaz-Canel Misinforms, Comparing Cuba’s Decree-Law 35 with European Legislation”

Cubalex Lawyers Give Their Opinion on Decree-Law 35, Recently Approved by Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers

CUBLEX, 7 August 2021 — On August 17, Decree-Law No. 35 (DL35) was published in the Official Gazette: “On Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technologies, and the Use of the Radioelectric Spectrum” and Resolution 105 “National Action Model for the response to Cybersecurity incidents.” What are the implications of these new rules? Do they criminalize freedom … Continue reading “Cubalex Lawyers Give Their Opinion on Decree-Law 35, Recently Approved by Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers”

Challenge to Cuba’s Decree-Law 35

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Desde Aqui, Havana, 18 August 2021 — As I do not have the patience needed to analyze paragraph by paragraph, article by article, the ways in which Decree-Law 35 violates the rights of freedom of expression, I opt for the following challenge. I formally challenge President Miguel Díaz-Canel, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero, … Continue reading “Challenge to Cuba’s Decree-Law 35”

Proposal for Introduction of Decree Law 35 / Jeovany Jimenez Vega

Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 18 August 2021 [Correct date, translation delayed]  — Well, what was always a very high possibility is now a crude certainty: the Gag Law for the Internet in Cuba has just come into force!  Decree-Law 35, which has recently been published in the Official Gazette, has as its declared aim the silencing … Continue reading “Proposal for Introduction of Decree Law 35 / Jeovany Jimenez Vega”

A Group of Cubans Presents a Request to Repeal Decree-Law 370

14ymedio, Havana, 8 June 2020 — This Monday a petition signed by more than 3,000 Cubans, 500 of them residents on the Island, was delivered to the National Assembly of People’s Power with a request to repeal Decree Law 370 “as unconstitutional.” The petition is addressed to Esteban Lazo Hernández, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other … Continue reading “A Group of Cubans Presents a Request to Repeal Decree-Law 370”

Decree-Law 300 Will Not Make the Land Produce / Dimas Castellano #Cuba

Just a few days ago, December 9, 2012, Decree-Law 300 came into effect, authorizing the leasing of idle state lands under the concept of usufruct. The new measure repeals Decree-Law 259 of July 2008, whose ridiculous results led to its repeal by the State Council. Judging by the official criteria reported in the press, now … Continue reading “Decree-Law 300 Will Not Make the Land Produce / Dimas Castellano #Cuba”

Creative Resistance and the Cuban Economy

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, 12 December 2022 — Analysts of the Cuban economy attribute to Cuban President Díaz-Canel the concept of “creative resistance” that the communist president uses every time he refers to the possibility of overcoming economic problems. In essence, Díaz-Canel understands creative resistance as “a capacity of the people not only to … Continue reading “Creative Resistance and the Cuban Economy”

More Than the Embargo, the Cuban Government is Concerned About the ‘Free Internet’ Offered by the US

14ymedio, Havana, 18 August 2021 –The Cuban authorities have denounced before the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) the initiative of the US Government to encourage the expansion of the Internet on the island, as revealed this Tuesday in the television program Mesa Redonda, the Vice Minister of Communications Wilfredo González. “What the United States wants is … Continue reading “More Than the Embargo, the Cuban Government is Concerned About the ‘Free Internet’ Offered by the US”

Law Goes into Effect Expanding Control of Cuban State Over the Internet and Social Networks

14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2021 — Giving voice to false news in Cuba, disseminating it, publishing offensive messages or defamations that harm “the prestige of the country” will be a crime when Decree-Law 35 goes into effect on Wednesday; the law will penalize “ethical and social or incidents of aggression” on social media. With the … Continue reading “Law Goes into Effect Expanding Control of Cuban State Over the Internet and Social Networks”

The Assembly of Cuban Filmmakers Requests that Censored Authors and Works be Restored

14ymedio, Havana, 5 July 2023 — A half-hour blackout delayed the Assembly of Cuban Filmmakers’ meeting scheduled for Monday at 9am at the theater on 23rd and 12th in Havana. The producers, who had invited about thirty professionals from other provinces and those living abroad to join the meeting via Internet, proposed creating “an organizational … Continue reading “The Assembly of Cuban Filmmakers Requests that Censored Authors and Works be Restored”

The Reform of Land Ownership in Cuba is no Longer Expected

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, 19 January 2023 — Without a doubt, the sector of the Cuban economy worst managed by communist leaders is agriculture. Communist recipes, applied from the first moments of the revolution, with the so-called “agricultural reform,” or the creation of the harmful INRA (National Institute of Agrarian Reform), caused the collapse … Continue reading “The Reform of Land Ownership in Cuba is no Longer Expected”

‘Either the Private Sector is Accepted or Not,’ a Businessman Warns the Cuban Government

14ymedio, Havana, 13 December 2022 — As if the current legislation, including the list of 124 prohibited activities, were not limiting enough for the creation of private companies in Cuba, the Government seems to be determined to stop this process, even going against its own laws. This is, among other things, what Oniel Díaz Castellanos, founder … Continue reading “‘Either the Private Sector is Accepted or Not,’ a Businessman Warns the Cuban Government”

Agricultural Cooperatives as an Example of the Internal Blockade

14ymedio, Elías Amor Bravo, Economist, June 7, 2022 — If 90% of Cuban food production originates from agricultural cooperatives, this figure must be reviewed as soon as possible. Cooperatives in the Cuban communist regime don’t fulfill their function of meeting the population’s food needs. In addition, at first glance they are very different from those … Continue reading “Agricultural Cooperatives as an Example of the Internal Blockade”

Cuban Government Officials May Have Another Nationality

14ymedio, Havana, 9 December 2021 — The Cuban regime reversed a provision that was in force for only one year and six months and that prevented its officials from having, in addition to the Cuban, another nationality at the time of being appointed as head of State or Government. This Wednesday, according to the official … Continue reading “Cuban Government Officials May Have Another Nationality”