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Accessing the in Cuban Churches / Cuban Legal Advisor, Yaremis


Cuban Legal Advisor, Translator: BW, Yaremis Flores

By Lic. Yarmis Flores

Liu, reader of this , asked the Office if Cuban churches one can

have access to the internet. Since 1996, the Cuban government, has been

clear about its policy with respect to full access to internet services,

in Decree 209 of the Council of Ministers, "Access from the Republic of

Cuba to Information Networks of Global Reach."

The island's government established its proposal to guarantee full

access to the Internet, but in a regulated form and acting in the

national interests, giving priority to the connection of people in the

judiciary and the institutions of the most relevance to the life and

development of the country.

All the users with access to the internet on the island, be they Cubans

or foreign residents in Cuba, need authorization from the Ministry of

Information and Communication (MIC).

In addition, the IP address has to be registered (the only addressing

protocol of the Internet, assigned to each machine or device found on

the network) and they are controlled by the Agency of Control and

Supervision of the MIC. Penalties are imposed on those who don't comply

with this requirement, like the removal of the license to be an Internet


It is not recommended to access the Internetsecretly, because if the

authorities suspect some irregularity in a church or religious group, an

order is not required to carry out a search, because Article 217 of the

Law of Legal Procedure establishes that "To enter and search a temple or

other place intended for a religious group, handing a messageto the

attention of theperson in charge is all that is required."

Translated by: BW

August 28 2012

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