News and Facts about Cuba


Father reports: ‘They are making inquiries as if we were criminals’
Published: 16 hours ago

Even as Trump prepares to undo some of Barack Obama’s
executive orders to normalize America’s relations with Cuba, the
communist island nation remains far short of international human-rights

For example, government officials and put on trial a mother and
a father for homeschooling their children.

of homeschooling parents has been carried out in other
countries in recent years, including Germany, Ireland, Sweden and even
the United States. But the Home Legal Defense Association, the
world’s premiere homeschool advocates, says that doesn’t make Cuba’s
recent jailing of Ramon and Adya Rigal any the less a violation of their

The organization said the couple, arrested on Feb. 21, had decided to
homeschool because they wanted the best for their children.

“We wanted the to give our children the that we, the
parents, have chosen,” Ramón explained. “As Article 26.3 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, every parent has the right
to give his children the education that he chooses.”

The dispute erupted when authorities noticed their children were not in
the government’s education program.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How
Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

The parents were visited by a team of officials, a lawyer and
several teachers.

“They wanted to impose their position upon us and gave us a warning
notice and told us they would take us before the courts because of our
position on homeschooling,” Ramón said in a statement released through

“I visited authorities several times to find a peaceable solution to my
problem,” he added. “I brought up the possibility of homeschooling under
their supervision. I was told that if I did, my wife and I would be
imprisoned and our children sent away.”

It was the Municipal Office of Education in Guantanamo that explained
“in our system, homeschooling is not considered an educational
institution, as this term is basically used in countries with capitalist

There are penalties, the government said, for allowing a minor to be
absent from school.

The officials then moved through the neighborhood to undermine the
pastor and his wife.

“They are making inquiries among our neighbors as if we were criminals
and creating a bad image of me as they go about homes making inquiries
about us,” Ramón said.

The government was equally unconcerned about a letter from Michael
Donnelly, HSLDA’s chief of global outreach. Officials simply didn’t respond.

Donnelly had pointed out that “as a matter of international human rights
law, the right of parents to choose the kind of education their children
shall receive is recognized as a ‘prior’ right by the United Nations
Declaration on Human Rights in article 26(3).”

“When parents choose to home educate their children they are exercising
their own right as well as taking on the responsibility to provide an
education for their children,” he said. … There is no human rights
framework or treaty that recognizes that an education must be provided
by government controlled schools.”

He provided copies of the Berlin Declaration and the Rio Principles to
help officials understand.

See the parents awaiting processing by police:
The parents now been ordered to check in with police every week.

The HSLDA report from Donnelly explained: “Ramón wants to be able to
stay in Cuba to pastor his congregation. But it is no wonder that Ramón
and his family, after being treated like this simply because they
homeschool, have expressed a desire to seek refuge in a country that
would respect their rights to educate their children.”

He noted that before 2014, when Obama and cut a deal to
restore ties with Cuba, there had been no official contact for decades.

See what American education has become, in “Crimes of the Educators: How
Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

U.S. law still required the U.S. to oppose Cuba’s human rights violations.

The White House said only last year that should Cuba want to become part
of the global community of nations, it needs to treat its citizens with
“certain minimum norms.”

HSLDA said Cuba needs to acknowledge the rights of parents to homeschool
their children, and an online petition allows people to send that very
message to Cuba.

“We hope that members of Congress and the Trump administration will take
an interest in this case and take action to defend the Rigals and others
like them. Your support, through membership and the Homeschool Freedom
Fund, provides the resources which enable us to fight these important
battles for families who are being oppressed and mistreated for their
choice to homeschool,” Donnelly’s report said.

The threat of jail for homeschool parents is more common that probably
most people know.

Just this year an Ohio mom mother faced the possibility of conviction
for homeschooling. HSLDA said Valerie Bradley was convicted of being
“criminally reckless” over homeschooling.

In Germany, the Wunderlich family has been in the bull’s-eye of a
long-running government campaign against homeschooling, repeatedly being
threatened with jail terms.

In 2013, they famously faced down police officials armed with a
battering ram at the home.

The SWAT team, authorized by a to use force if necessary, took the
children and told the Wunderlichs they wouldn’t see them again soon
because they were violating federal law by homeschooling.

Although there was no claim the children were being mistreated, a team
of 20 social workers, police and special agents stormed the family’s
home. The HSLDA said at the time that Judge Koenig of the Darmstadt
family court signed the order authorizing the immediate seizure of the
children by force.

Previously in Ireland, a homeschooling mother went to for 10 days.

In Germany, officials have left untouched the anti-homeschooling laws
from the Adolf Hitler era.

In 1937 Hitler said: “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow.
For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our
youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early
age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore
unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the
future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no
one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and
its own upbringing.”

In 2006, a German education official said the government was working to
avoid future conflicts over homeschooling with one particular family by
looking “for possibilities to bring the religious convictions of the
family into line with the unalterable school attendance requirement.”

HSLDA has documented that the German government considers homeschooling
to be child abuse, even though it is recognized as a right by the
Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the European Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the United Nations
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

In fact, a 16-year-old in Germany once was taken into custody and
detained in a mental facility because she was being homeschooled.

In nearby Sweden, WND also reported a case in which authorities snatched
a 7-year-old child from an airplane as the parents were moving to India
so they could homeschool.

Swedish courts have ordered Dominic Johansson to be permanently
separated from his parents, Christer and Annie Johansson. Christer later
was imprisoned in the fight.

The U.S. Department of Justice at the time, under Obama, said in court
it agrees with the philosophy of the German government that bureaucrats
can punish homeschooling parents.

In one case in Mississippi, HSLDA fought a decision from Judge Joe Dale
Walker of the state’s 13th Chancery district court that included the
judge’s threats to school officials.

“He threatened us,” said a school official who later was served with an
order the judge wrote and signed for himself.

Walker about that time was ordered by the state Supreme Court to explain
his behavior.

Source: Human rights? Cuba arrests, orders trial for homeschooling
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