by Gwen Green
On May 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of State formally removed Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The United States originally added Cuba to the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism in 1982 “due to its efforts to promote armed revolution by organizations that used terrorism.”
As part of his December 17, 2014, announcement of historic policy changes related to Cuba, President Barak Obama directed the Department of State to review Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and to prepare a report within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism. At the conclusion of its review, the Department of State recommended that the United States rescind Cuba’s designation.
On April 14, 2015, President Obama submitted a report to Congress indicating the Administration’s intent to rescind Cuba’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, including the certification that Cuba had not provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six-months; and that Cuba had provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future.