Tell Cuba to STOP violating families' freedom to homeschool

Petition to: Cuban Embassy in Washington - D.C.

 

Tell Cuba to STOP violating families' freedom to homeschool

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Tell Cuba to STOP violating families' freedom to homeschool

On February 21, Cuban pastor Ramón Rigal and his wife Adya were arrested by Cuban authorities. The crime? Homeschooling their children.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has set up this petition to call on the Cuban government, through its Embassy in Washington, D.C., to respect the right of all parents to homeschool their children. Please sign this petition telling the Cuban Embassy that homeschooling is fundamental right of all families, and that you expect Cuba to protect basic human rights as a country maintaining normal relations with the United States.

Ramon and his wife decided to homeschool because they wanted a better education for their children. “We wanted the freedom to give our children the education 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 authorities have threatened us with . . . prison and separating us from our children if we continue [homeschooling],” Ramón said.

“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.

Ramón and Adya were formally arrested at 8:15 p.m. on February 21, charged with “acting contrary to the normal development of a minor,” and detained the entire day as well as the next day. Both parents are now required to check in with the police every week in person until their trial.

Ramón wants to be able to stay in Cuba to pastor his congregation, but it is no wonder that Ramón and his family have expressed a desire to seek refuge in a country that would respect their rights to educate their children.

The Rigals’ treatment in Cuba is a violation of human rights. We demand better from the Cuban government. Sign the petition telling the Cuban government to respect the rights of parents to homeschool their children.

To learn more about this developing situation and to discover how HSLDA is helping the Rigal family, click here.

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Petition to: Cuban Embassy in Washington - D.C.

To Whom It May Concern at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.,

I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the Cuban government's treatment of Ramón Rigal, a Cuban pastor, and his wife Adya. These parents were recently arrested for homeschooling their children.

The Rigals, and other families in Cuba, have a right to educate their children as they see fit.

Ramon and Adya decided to homeschool because they wanted a better education for their children. Article 26.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that all parents have a right to give their children the education they choose. Cuba is disrespecting this important right.

A society that forces children to learn only in public school is totalitarian. The right of people to establish private schools and to homeschool is a minimum expectation in a free nation. As Cuban-U.S. relations are normalized, we must ensure that this right is upheld.

I call upon the Cuban government to immediately acknowledge the right of parents to homeschool their children and stop its mistreatment of the Rigal family.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Tell Cuba to STOP violating families' freedom to homeschool

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