Statement on the protection of human rights in Cuba

May 29, 2021

The treatment of academics, intellectuals, and artists in Cuba is cause for concern among a significant number of members of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). LASA has maintained long-standing academic relations with Cuban researchers, despite a decades-old blockade of Cuba by the United States government. Such relations do not alter our shared commitment to the values of freedom of expression, academic freedom, and respect for human rights in the context of democracy, sovereignty, and the rule of law. Similarly, LASA deplores the continuation of sanctions imposed by the United States in its attempt to overthrow the government of a sovereign nation. We thus express our concern and our hope that through the activities of our Association the values of human rights and non-intervention may be better understood and honored not only in Cuba and the United States but in all countries where our members live and work.

About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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