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Human Rights Conditions in Cuba Since the Papal Visit

Publisher United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Publication Date 1 October 1999
Citation / Document Symbol [PS/CUB/00.001]
Cite as United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Human Rights Conditions in Cuba Since the Papal Visit, 1 October 1999, [PS/CUB/00.001], available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6a61a0.html [accessed 22 September 2014]
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This report assesses human rights developments in Cuba from November 1997 to March 1999, updating the Perspective Series report Cuba: Systematic Repression of Dissent issued in December 1998.

I.       OVERVIEW

The visit of Pope