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Cuba: Information on the recourse and facilities available to victims of spousal abuse and on the penalties under law for domestic violence

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 August 1995
Citation / Document Symbol CUB21137.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Cuba: Information on the recourse and facilities available to victims of spousal abuse and on the penalties under law for domestic violence, 1 August 1995, CUB21137.E, available at: [accessed 27 May 2016]
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No specific information on the above-mentioned subject could be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. For general information on women's organizations and on a survey conducted about violence in Cuba, please consult the attached documents.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


BOHEMIA [Havana, in Spanish]. 17 Sept. 1993. "Poll Respondents Explain Domestic Violence," (FBIS-LAT-93-211 3 Nov. 1993, pp. 11-12)

Cuba: A Country Study. 1985. Washington, D.C.: Department of Defence, pp. 84-85.

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