Study Paper About the Civil Society in Cuba

The Forum 2000 Foundation has published a study paper about the civil society in Cuba which examines its history, current role and perspectives. The authors of the study are Carlos González, the analyst of the Forum 2000 Foundation focusing on Latin America, and Rolando Jiménez Pozada, Cuban lawyer and dissident. The paper was published in Czech and Spanish and you can download both versions here.

Following on the study paper, the Forum 2000 Foundation in cooperation with Czech universities prepared a series of lectures on the “Current State of Civil Society in Cuba” with the participation of Rolando Jiménez Pozada. Lectures were held at the end of March 2012 at the Charles University in Prague and at the University of Hradec Králové. The whole project was financed by the Government of the Czech Republic.

Rolando Jiménez Pozada is a lawyer, a leading representative of civil society in Cuba and a former political prisoner. Mr. Pozada was one of the 75 dissidents arrested in 2003 after a major crackdown against Cuban opposition during the so called “Black Spring”. He was released together with 51 other dissidents in 2010 following an agreement among the Cuban government, the Catholic Church and Spain, on the condition that he leaves the country. He and his family were the first Cuban citizens to be granted political asylum in the Czech Republic.

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