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Cuba: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL12055, tabled on 5 December 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to support calls from Cuban Catholic and Protestant religious leaders to include protections for freedom of religion or belief and freedom of conscience in the new constitution of Cuba in line with international human rights law.

Answered on

19 December 2018

‚ÄčThe UK welcomes the proposed constitutional reforms in Cuba, which we hope will improve the political, social and economic rights of the Cuban people, including guarantees for freedom of religion and belief. However, human rights violations, including against freedom of religion or belief, remain a cause for concern. The Minister for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, raised these concerns most recently during his meeting with the Cuban Foreign Minister in November. The UK also addresses these issues through multilateral human rights fora, including the UN Universal Periodic Review and the EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue.