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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
A Baptist Reverend in Cuba, named Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, has been placed under house arrest. This follows a day-long detention in which DNA and "scent samples" were forcibly taken from him during interrogation. The Cuban government has recently begun "cracking down" on those they view as political dissidents including Reverend Barroso and, earlier this month, Pastor Yordani Santí.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
A Reverend in Cuba and his family have been harassed by “violent and abusive mobs,” apparently organized by state security agents, in attempts to intimidate the family to vacate their legally attained property.
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
A Pastor in Cuba had his church, and all its belongings, confiscated. Not long before security agents shut down the Full Gospel Church, the pastor had suffered an attack at the hands of a mob, armed with baseball bats, who invaded his home while he was asleep.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Pastor Omar Gude Perez and his family are safely in the United States. Perez has spent time in prison for “trumped up charges” that he believes to be related to his work with the church. The United States offered Perez and his family asylum, but it took Cuba more than 18 months before allowing the family to leave the country. Perez says he and his family will continue to fight for religious freedom in Cuba.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
Christians in Cuba were optimistic when Raul Castro took over from his brother, Fidel Castro, as the country’s supreme leader in 2009. But three years later, their hope has turned into disillusionment.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
The Apostolic Movement, a network of Protestant Churches in Cuba claims that the Government is threatening to destroy Church property and threatening the family members of the Church. Christian Solidarity Worldwide says, “Once again we call on the Cuban government to uphold the religious freedom of all its citizens and to instruct government officials at the national, provincial and municipal levels to cease their harassment of the Apostolic Movement and other religious groups.”
Monday, January 7th, 2013
There has been a “dramatic increase in religious freedom violations” happening in Cuba in 2012. This article gives an overview, including news from a pastor who suffers permanent brain damage after a beating.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Regis Iglesias, spokesman for the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba has reached out to the European Union for support in what he sees as human rights violations. The founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, died earlier this year in what many still claim to be a government conspiracy. The Christian Liberation Movement is known for standing up for human rights and the rights of Christians in the country of Cuba.
Monday, November 5th, 2012
Rosa Rodriguez’s disabled son is in prison on what she believes are trumped up charges from “a stage show” trial. Going further, she believes the government went after her son as a form of blackmail when she refused to end her association with the Christian Liberation Movement. The organization was started by Oswaldo Paya who died recently in an accident that some blame on Cuban officials. This seems to fall in line with the underhand way that Cuba has been treating Christians as of late.
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
The case of Cuban Pastor, Omar Gude Perez seems never ending. In prison for “trumped up charges” for over three years, he was released with the understanding that he would not be allowed to leave the country. His wife is coming to the US for an advocacy tour to plead for the government to allow him to leave. He claims is family is suffering from the persecution they experience there.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Persecution against Christians in Cuba has gone underground in recent years. On the surface it has decreased, but many say that it is merely more subtle. One Cuban pastor said, “Don’t be fooled by appearances. Many…won’t speak out about this because of fear. If they speak out in Cuba, there will be consequences.”
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Family members of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, known in Cuba as a dissident for his Christian activity, maintain that his death was not an accident. Courts recently found a Spanish man guilty of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced him to four years in prison when the car he was driving crashed, killing Payá. The family said of the Spaniard, “the judicial process was ‘illegitimate’ and therefore we consider Angel to be totally innocent.’’ The family is continuing with a private investigation as they have reason to believe the car was forced off the road in an effort to kill Payá and end his Christian and humanitarian work.
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Tensions are rising in Cuba as the case surrounding the mysterious death of a prominent Christian activist begins to unfold. The Christian activist, Oswaldo Paya, was the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba and was killed in a car accident in July. His family accused Cuban government agents of running him of the road, but now Cuban officials are putting the driver of the car, also an activist and Spanish citizen, on trial for manslaughter.
Monday, October 1st, 2012
This brief summary of the church situation in Cuba by Christian Solidarity Worldwide from early in September provides an insightful look into the realities faced by Christians in Cuba. Realities which many visitors to the country never see.
Monday, September 10th, 2012
This article gives great background for Cuba and the types of persecution present in the country. The author says, “In Cuba, the church should be free to define the mission it believes it has received. Christians, Catholics and other believers must be free to practice their faith in whatever manner they believe necessary. Unfortunately this is not the case.”
Friday, August 24th, 2012
The widow of Oswaldo Paya, the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, does not believe her husband’s death was an accident. She is demanding an independent investigation. While she is not saying this is a government conspiracy; a planned kill of her husband, the implications are there.
Friday, August 24th, 2012
The car crash that killed a Christian leader in Cuba continues to be held under the microscope. The government is saying that the crash was an accident caused by the negligent driving of a “visiting Spaniard who was behind the wheel for the car crash that killed prominent dissident Oswaldo Paya and a colleague.” Those near to the situation say that the crash was not the Spaniards fault, nor do they think the crash was an accident. Is there a conspiracy in Cuba?
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Cuban Christians have lost one of their most powerful voices, Oswaldo Paya. He was killed in a car crash on Sunday, the circumstances of which are still under investigation. This article highlights his life, his fight for equality and his faith which drove it all. He founded the Christian Liberation Movement and said, "The rights that we demand in the Varela Project are enunciated in the constitution. But we also have them because we are human beings, sons of God. And because of that, we will continue demanding them for all Cubans, with the faith that we will achieve them." Often persecuted for his faith, Paya’s loss is remarkable to believers and seekers of democracy in Cuba.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
A Catholic human rights activist who went missing has been released after spending 36 hours under arrest. In published remarks he said, “The police, which should be protecting the people, take orders from the Communist Party and dedicate themselves to hunt, watch, harass, impede, and detain peaceful dissidents who defend human rights…” It is suspected that he was arrested in connection with “documenting religious rights abuse in the Communist-run island nation.”
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
A prominent “rights activist” disappeared in Eastern Cuba last week. He is known for documenting religious rights abuses and it is suspected that this was why he was arrested. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has documented nearly 100 religious rights abuses in Cuba this year and notes that there has been a “sharp decline on religious freedom.”
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
This “Evangelistic Outdoor Rally” was a great moment for Believers in Cuba. They have suffered persecution and discrimination in this land, so to see a moment of religious freedom, such as this, is a breath of fresh air.
Saturday, June 16th, 2012
Persecution of believers continues in Cuba. So much so, that Cuban church leaders are asking the U.S. government to add Cuba to “its list of the worlds worst violators of religious freedoms.”
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Christians in Cuba are crying out for the US to increase the level of attention given to them, and want to be added as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) as far as religious freedom goes. One pastor says: “It is my responsibility to speak out about the repressive and unscrupulous manipulations of this decaying regime.” The plight of Christians in Cuba needs to be under greater scrutiny.
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Pastor Perez and family were granted asylum in the United States, but the Cuban government refuses to give him an exit visa. The family believes this is due to their outspokenness on the issue of religious freedom. They now face indefinite separation.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Pastor Gude Perez, the leader of an unregistered and fast-growing network of protestant churches, was imprisoned on trumped up charges in 2008. He was released on “conditional liberty” after serving almost three years of six and a half year sentence. He and his wife have consistently and publicly denounced violations of religious freedom committed against their churches.
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Margarita A. Mooney writes in Patheos that a major challenge Catholics in Cuba face is reversing damage of Communism.
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Pastor Columbie said that while he received support support from the community, local authorities "remained intransigent on both the investigation into the attack and the confiscation of the church vehicle."
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Local sources have expressed grave doubts about the impartiality of the investigation into the attack on Pastor Columbie, telling CSW that in order to conduct a credible investigation, the authorities would have to look beyond the civilian population to their own ranks.
Saturday, March 31st, 2012
Caridad Caballero, a Catholic dissident from Holguin, was arrested along with another woman, Isabel Peña Torrez, on their way to Mass last Sunday morning. Caballero told Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) that the arrest was carried out by a mob of state security agents, male and female, who violently pushed the two women against the car. “We were never told we were under arrest, but were threatened with violence if we did not cooperate.”
Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Among those being prevented from leaving Holguin City is Caridad Caballero, a member of the Ladies in White, who has been prevented from attending church for 14 weeks