Latin America and Caribbean

Cuba 2015

 

Advocating for a Human Rights Framework for Cuba

International Platform for Human Rights in Cuba

$85,000

To advocate for human rights in the European Union negotiations with the Cuban government.  IPHRC will work with Cuban activists to enhance their understanding of the EU – Cuba bilateral negotiation process and improve their capacity to advocate before the EU for the inclusion of human rights into the agenda.

 

Advocating for Freedom of Religion in Cuba

Evangelical Christian Humanitarian Outreach for Cuba

$70,000

To foster greater freedom of religion in Cuba. EchoCuba will work with trusted partners in Cuba to hold events and produce materials that encourage discussion of freedom of religion, democratic values and freedoms.

 

Changing Cuba’s Media Landscape

Clovek v tisni, o.p.s. – People in Need

$209,888

To promote greater freedom of information and freedom of expression.  The organization will provide independent media professionals with training and technical assistance to produce uncensored content on social, political, economic and cultural developments in Cuba.  The group will also build the technical capacity of independent organizations throughout Cuba to carry out initiatives aimed at increasing the free flow of information.

 

Cuba Archive: Promoting Historic Memory and Transitional Justice

Free Society Project, Incorporated

$80,000

To strengthen the historic memory of human rights violations in Cuban history, and to contribute to the domestic and international dialogue regarding truth, transitional justice, and reconciliation within Cuban society. The organization will build upon its database and produce high quality reports analyzing victims’ cases. The group will also enhance international visibility of the issue and collaborate with Cuban human rights defenders to present the research.

 

Diario de Cuba

Asociacion Diario de Cuba

$283,869

To strengthen the ability of Cuban civil society to articulate its concerns and to promote freedom of expression. Diario de Cuba will provide a platform for independent journalists, artists, intellectuals and academics in Cuba to promote analysis on social, political, economic and cultural developments in Cuba.

 

Educating Activists on Democracy, Technology and Social Media

Instituto Politico para la Libertad Peru

$99,996

To offer Cuban pro-democracy activists training on democracy and the use of the Internet and social networking media.  The program will provide youth and other pro-democracy activists with training on democratic rights, access to information tools and information on international standards of freedom of expression.

 

Increasing Access to Uncensored Information

Cuban Democratic Directorate

$650,000

To promote greater freedom of information and civic activism in Cuba. Through its radio broadcasts, the grantee will provide programming that incorporates the views of democratic activists from Cuba and informs local communities about social, political, economic and cultural developments.  The organization will also provide training and technical assistance to local grassroots activists to carry out civic and community-building initiatives throughout Cuba.

 

Independent Cuban Artist’s Freedom of Expression

Cuban Soul Foundation, Inc.

$85,000

To empower Cuban independent artists to produce and perform their work in uncensored community venues and events.  CSF will also collaborate with groups of musicians to set up studio space and organize a series of events to showcase the work of artists participating in their program.

 

Latin American Youth Network for Democracy in Cuba

Centro de Investigacion y Capacitacion de Emprendedores Sociales Asociacion Civil

$68,064

To strengthen the leadership capacity of pro-democracy youth activists in Cuba. CICES will conduct a training program focusing on youth activism, social entrepreneurship, effective communication skills, and conflict resolution techniques. In addition, CICES will work with its partners to raise awareness in Latin America about the situation of youth in Cuba.

 

Legal Training to Cuban Civil Society

Rule of Law

$18,000

To provide legal assistance to Cuban citizens and pro-democracy activists.

 

Monitoring Human Rights in Cuba

Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos

Supplement: $83,687

To engage international audiences and raise awareness regarding the human rights situation in Cuba. OCDH will facilitate meetings for key representatives of Cuban civil society to voice their views about the human rights situation in Cuba in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

 

Observing Human Rights

Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos

$115,000

To monitor, document, and raise international awareness about human rights violations in Cuba. OCDH will work with human rights defenders in Cuba to enhance their capacity to use international human rights mechanisms to document and report human rights violations.  OCDH will raise international awareness about human rights conditions in Cuba.

 

Promoting Citizen Participation

Civic Education

$65,000

To promote greater interaction between pro-democracy activists and citizens as they seek solutions to community problems. Activists will work with community members in documenting issues of concern to them and bringing them to local authorities for resolution.

 

Promoting Community Reporting in Cuba

Instituto Cubano por la Libertad de Expresion y Prensa

$123,692

To promote greater freedom of information in communities throughout Cuba. The project will support grassroots groups across the island and help them develop and publish community-based publications to be distributed to local residents.

 

Promoting Democracy in Cuba through Support to Civil Society

Center for a Free Cuba

$107,000

To provide humanitarian assistance to political prisoners, their families, and human rights activists in Cuba. CFC will provide activists with resources that will permit them to carry out their work in a more effective manner.

 

Promoting Democratic Leadership and Values in Cuba

Civic Education

$122,000

To promote democratic values and ideas and strengthen the leadership skills of pro-democracy activists in Cuba. The grantee will carry out a training program and an information campaign on peaceful activism, community organizing, human rights, and democracy.

 

Promoting Independent Thinking in Cuba

Asociacion Editorial Hypermedia

$51,188

To promote greater freedom of expression and independent writing among members of Cuba’s intellectual circles.

 

Promoting Political Unity for a Democratic Cuba

Asociacion de Iberoamericanos por la Libertad

$120,145

To promote dialogue and cooperation among civil society actors based on the island and in exile. AIL will also raise greater international awareness about the lack of democratic values in Cuba.

 

Promoting Racial Integration

Plataforma de Integracion Cubana

$113,299

To promote greater discussion on racial issues in Cuba. The organization will work with academics and activists to publish an online journal on various issues affecting the Afro-descendent population in Cuba. In addition, it will conduct various public events to raise international awareness about the issue.

 

Promoting Youth Leadership and Participation

Democratic Ideas and Values

$16,530

To promote democratic values and leadership skills of Cuban civil society activists.

 

Providing Legal Assistance in Cuba

Rule of Law

$52,991

To provide legal assistance to Cuban citizens and civil society activists.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Civil Society in Democratic Political Processes

Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos

$111,000

To enhance the capacity of Cuban civil society activists to participate in and promote democratic and pluralistic elections on the island. The grantee will provide technical assistance to a local partner to draft proposals to change the Electoral Law according to internationally recognized democratic standards. Through a training program and election observation missions, the group will also seek to enhance the knowledge of Cuban activists about free and fair elections.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Human Rights Defenders

International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights

$25,599

To enhance the knowledge and advocacy skills of Cuban human rights defenders in the LGBT community.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Human Rights Lawyers

American University

$99,808

To strengthen the capacity of independent Cuban lawyers on international human rights mechanisms. AU will invite Cuban lawyers to participate in its annual human rights training courses. AU will also facilitate efforts to raise awareness about the human rights situation in Cuba.

 

Strengthening the Capacity of Independent Civic Centers

People in Need Slovakia (PIPA)

$90,230

To enhance the capacity of pro-democracy activists to think critically about the prospects for a democratic transition in Cuba. PIPA will work with groups of independent lawyers, bloggers, teachers, and community organizers to strengthen their institutional capacity and ability to carry out their activities more effectively.

 

Support to Independent Investigative Journalists in Cuba

Instituto Prensa y Sociedad

$59,823

To strengthen the investigative reporting skills of Cuban independent journalists and raise their profile in Cuba and Latin America.

 

Supporting Human Rights Activists

Human Rights

$90,000

To provide humanitarian assistance and strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders in Cuba.  Additionally, the organization will raise international awareness about human rights in Cuba.

 

Supporting Independent Journalists in Cuba

CubaNet News, Inc.

$224,562

To increase access to uncensored information in Cuba.  The grantee will work with independent journalists to produce media content on social, political, economic and cultural developments in Cuba.  The organization will publish this information on its online media platform and use informal citizen networks to distribute uncensored information to Cuban citizens.

 

Supporting Independent Unions in Cuba

Grupo Internacional para la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba

$290,000

To promote labor rights and strengthen the capacity of Cuba’s independent labor movement.  The grantee will provide independent labor activists with technical and financial assistance in order to forge a more coordinated labor movement on the island.  The organization will also conduct a worldwide information dissemination campaign on the situation regarding labor rights in Cuba.

 

Supporting Independent Writers and Artists in Cuba

Vista Larga Foundation Corp

$70,000

To strengthen the capacity of independent Cuban writers and artists to produce and exhibit their work in uncensored community events and to promote greater collaboration between Cuban and Cuban-American intellectuals. The organization will carry art and literature festivals for participants to present books and artwork and to connect with others in their field. The group will also provide mentorship for writers to improve their work and to learn how to present and publish to a larger audience.

 

From the 2015 NED Annual Report

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