Cuba Ministry of Foreign Affairs Declares VOC 'Subversive' Organization

MARCH 14, 2018

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) has released a statement on its website labeling the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) and other human rights and pro-democracy movements “subversive” and “meddlers.” Recently, VOC produced a short documentary video in our Witness Project series featuring Rosa Maria Payá, who told the story of her father Oswaldo Payá’s murder at the hands of the Castro regime and her fight for freedom in Cuba.

“I guess they saw the video.”

— Executive Director Marion Smith

Smith added: “We continue to be truly concerned by the one-party dictatorship in Cuba, which is still harassing, arresting, and assaulting dissidents and peaceful activists. MINREX released its condemnation on the eve of Cuban ‘elections’ because the ‘revolution’ always needs an invented enemy. But in reality, the Cuban ‘elections’ on March 11 were a sham because only the Communist Party of Cuba was on the ballot. The Cuban regime is the real enemy of the Cuban people. The Cuban people deserve better, and VOC wants to help.”


The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington-based, nonprofit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes. VOC was authorized by a unanimous act of Congress on December 17, 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton.

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