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OAS General Secretariat and U.S. Mission to the OAS Host Discussion on Artistic Freedom in Cuba

  April 30, 2019

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. Mission to the OAS will hold a discussion on Artistic Freedom in Cuba on Monday, May 6 at 13:00 EDT (17:00 GMT) at OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The discussion will focus on how freedom of expression is severely restricted and criminalized in Cuba, especially with a new censorship law (“Decree 349”) that restricts artistic freedom and puts it under state control.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro will provide introductory remarks. Additional speakers include U.S. Ambassador to the OAS Carlos Trujillo, Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Carrie Filipetti, and IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Edison Lanza. The event will also feature a selection of richly diverse artwork of Cuban independent artists.

A reception will follow at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas where an exhibit of Cuban art is currently underway.

The meeting will be broadcast live on the OAS Website and the OAS Facebook page

Members of the media wishing to attend are kindly asked to RSVP by Friday, May 3rd, to [email protected].

Press Contact: Mónica Reyes ([email protected])

WHAT: Discussion on Artistic Freedom in Cuba

WHEN: Monday, May 6 at 13:00 EDT (17:00 GMT)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
Organization of American States
17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-089/19