Information on expulsions of students and professors at the Jose Antonio Echevarria Polytechnic Sciences Institute in Havana in 1992 because of anti-Communist activities, and on whether students admitted to this institute need to be in good standing with the communist party and the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution [CUB25906.E]

Please find attached a document that reports on the dismissal of academics and other staff from the Superior Polytechnic Institute of Havana Jose Antonio Echevarria (ISPJAE) in January and February 1992. This document lists the persons who were fired, reportedly for signing a call for academic freedom, the release of political prisoners and democratic reforms. Please consult the attached document for details.

Additional information on the subject or references to the political requirements of students at ISPJAE could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Americas Watch [New York]. 25 February 1993. Vol. 5, No. 1. "Cuba: 'Perfecting' the System of Control: Human Rights Violations in Castro's 34th Year January 1992—February 1993," p. 18.

Additional Sources Consulted

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports.

Hemisphere [Miami]. Quarterly.

Human Rights in Developing Countries. Yearly.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. Monthly.

Latinamerica Press [Lima]. Weekly.

Latin American Regional Reports: Central America & the Caribbean [London]. Monthly.

Problèmes d'Amérique latine [Paris]. Quarterly.

Material from the Indexed Media Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media Review.

Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to the appropriate region.

IRB, Internet, USINS and UNHCR databases.

On-line search of media sources.


This list is not exhaustive. Country-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.