Human Rights NGOs dispute AP report on Cuba Democracy Program

Cuba's President Raul Castro, Commander of the Cuban Revolution Ramiro Valdes, and Cuba's Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, talk during at an event celebrating Revolution Day in Artemisa, Cuba. / AP

A Costa Rican human rights organization is disputing a report by the Associated Press (AP) this week that its activities in Cuba were covertly designed to foment a revolution against the communist government.

Fernando Murillo, founder and CEO of Fundacion Operacion GAYA Internacional (FundaOGI), accused the AP in a statement of “manipulat[ing]” information about the group’s HIV-prevention workshop in Cuba. The AP reported on Monday that the workshop was part of a “clandestine operation” overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the goal of “ginning up rebellion” on the island.