Additional Detainees Transferred

Additional detainees at GTMO are transferred abroad. As of January 2017, about 40 detainees remain at GTMO. SC Senator Introduces Free Travel Act January 6 South Carolina Senator Mark Sanford introduces The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of…

NA Reelects Raul Castro

February 24 The National Assembly reelects Raul Castro as president.

US Eases Cuban Travel Restrictions

January 14 US President Barack Obama relaxes restrictions on travel to Cuba. Cuba Passes Law Allowing Private Home Sales November 3 Cuba passes law allowing individuals to buy and sell private property for the first time in 50 years.

Executive Order Signed to Close GTMO

January 22 US President Barack Obama issues an order to close the Guantanamo prison. United States Senate votes to keep the prison at Guantanamo open. OAS lifts 47-year suspension of Cuba June 3 Organization of American States votes to…

Fidel Castro Resigns

February 24 Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba. photograph by Roosewelt Pinheiro/ABr, distributed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil. Raul Castro is elected president by the National Assembly. Cuba Lifts Restrictions…

Castro Hands over Power to Undergo Surgery

May 15 Following a Freedom of Information lawsuit by the Associated Press, the Pentagon releases a detailed list of GTMO detainees.6 June 29 In a 5-3 ruling, the US Supreme Court places limits on the government’s ability to try detainees.7 July…

Bush Tightens Cuba Travel Restrictions

February 26 United States sanctions restrict US-Cuba family visits and cash remittances from expatriates. Cuba's Human Rights Record Censured April 15 The United Nations Human Rights Commission passed a motion censuring Cuba for human rights…

"Black Spring" Crackdown

March 18 Cuba cracks down on anti-Castro dissidents. May Number of detainees at GTMO reaches about 680.

Putin Visits Cuba

©Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-4.0 December 14 Russian president Vladimir Putin visits Cuba and signs accords.

5-year-old Boy Found Afloat

November 25 Five-year-old Cuban Elian Gonzalez found afloat in Straits of Florida.  After negotiations, the boy is returned to his father in Cuba.