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Family Code Conference in Barcelona hears introduction to 1c4Cuba campaign

This week a conference in Barcelona discussing the new family code in Cuba, involved an explanation of the 1 Cent 4 Cuba campaign from one […]

1cent 4 Cuba public meeting – Is your bank participating in the illegal US blockade?

On the anniversary of the failed ‘Bay of Pigs’ mercenary invasion of Cuba, activists gathered from across Europe and North America to coordinate action against […]

The EU Blocking Statute

The EU Blocking Statute, designed to protect EU companies from the extraterritorial effects of certain U.S. sanctions laws, also applies to the EU banking system. However, some EU banks have been accused of violating the Statute by blocking transactions with Cuba or with the word “Cuba” in the transaction description, thereby illegally complying with U.S. sanctions.

Online Meeting: End the blockade of Cuba! Is your bank participating in the illegal US blockade?

Sunday 16 April at 19:00 UTC End the blockade of Cuba! Is your bank participating in the illegal US blockade? Now more than ever we […]

An open secret: Britain’s financial blockade of Cuba

Below we republish an article from revolutionarycommunist.org: Since it was launched in July 2022, the 1 Cent 4 Cuba (1c4Cuba) campaign, co-founded by Rock around […]

Who are we?

The #1c4Cuba campaign was launched by a group of Cuba solidarity organisations in Britain and Europe including Cuba Support Group Ireland, Rock around the Blockade and Cubanismo.
Other organisations are welcomed and encouraged to take part and help develop the campaign internationally.

How the campaign works

We want to mobilise large numbers of bank customers to send small transactions – as little as 1 cent/1 pence – from UK or European bank accounts, using reference words or destinations that are likely to trigger the banks’ sanctions mechanisms against Cuba.
Each small transaction, and subsequent complaint process, can create a burden of (costly) administrative work for the bank at minimal cost to the customer.
Multiple coordinated transactions have the potential to create an unmanageable quantity of work for the banks and so make the US blockade of Cuba too costly to enforce.

What are we campaigning against?

Banks in Britain and Europe illegally enforce the US blockade of Cuba despite UK and EU laws to prevent this.
Financial transactions which either engage with Cuba or refer to Cuba have been stopped. For example, HSBC ‘inhibited’ the account of Cubanos en UK, a community association raising funds to send medical equipment to Cuba. After this was denounced publicly and protests were called, HSBC unblocked the account, but Cuba remains on the bank’s sanctions list.
Simply sending a bank transaction to an account in another country with the reference ‘CUBA’ can alert the internal review systems of banks so they are required to check the purpose of the transaction, and may block the payment.
Through testing, we have found that some banks will actually reject international payments to third countries if they have any suspicion that the transaction is associated with Cuba.
This behaviour is open to customer complaints and legal challenges.