Cuba Facts is an ongoing
series of succinct fact sheets on various topics, including, but not
limited to, political structure, health, economy, education,
nutrition, labor, business, foreign investment, and demographics,
published and updated on a regular basis by the Cuba Transition
What Cubans Can Not
Do Under Raul Castro
In April 2007 we published Cuba Facts,
"What Cubans Can Not Do." For the past two
years that General Raul Castro has been in power, only one prohibition
has been lifted. All others remain. See below.
Cubans can not:
• Travel abroad without government permission.
• Change jobs without government permission.
• Change residence without government permission.
• Access the Internet without government permission (the
Internet is closely monitored and controlled by the government.
Only 1.67% of the population has access to the Internet).
• Send their children to a private or religious school
(all schools are government run; there are no religious schools
• Watch independent or private radio or TV stations (all
TV and radio stations are owned and run by the government).
Cubans illegally watch/listen to foreign broadcasts.
• Read books, magazines or newspapers, unless approved/published
by the government (all books, magazines and newspapers are published
by the government).
• Receive publications from abroad or from visitors (punishable
by jail terms under Law 88).
• Visit or stay in tourist hotels, restaurants,
• Seek employment with foreign companies on the island,
unless approved by the government.
• Run for public office unless approved by Cuba’s
• Own businesses, unless they are very small and approved
by the government and pay onerous taxes.
• Join an independent labor union (there is only one,
government controlled labor union and no individual or collective
bargaining is allowed; neither are strikes or protests).
• Retain a lawyer, unless approved by the government.
• Choose a physician or hospital. Both are assigned by
• Refuse to participate in mass rallies and demonstrations
organized by the Cuban Communist Party.
• Criticize the Castro regime or the Cuban Communist
Party, the only party allowed in Cuba.
The CTP can be contacted
at P.O. Box 248174, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-3010, Tel: 305-284-CUBA
(2822), Fax: 305-284-4875, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CTP Website is accessible at http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/.