The States of Social Right in Cuba. Report #5 (2022)


The Cuban Observatory of Human Rights presents the fifth study of social rights in Cuba, which gathers the most relevant findings on the social situation and other aspects such as the assessment of the government’s administration, the perception of the future of the individual situation and the degree of trust in institutions as the result of direct interviews with more than one thousand Cuban citizens in fourteen provinces of the country.

Important patterns of Cuban social reality have been consolidated from more than three years ago, when these investigations began. We refer to the difficulties in essential public services such as power supply, drinking water, public health, and food, which continue to be the main concerns for the majority.

This study, like previous ones, confirms a growing deterioration of social rights in Cuba largely because of both structural and accumulated crises, along with the lack of political will of the Cuban authorities to make the changes that the country needs. One of the main findings that stands out in this study is precisely the view that the government and the political system are among the main issues of the country, as well as the negative perceptions of the main State institutions and their management of essential problems to grant a decent life to the population.

The growing direct connection between social and political issues stands out (seen, for example, in the last popular demonstrations of August 2022), which is a warning sign regarding the general decline of the level of trust in the government’s management and the pessimistic view Cubans have about their present and future.