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ICC Note: On November 6, Cuban pastor and activist for religious freedom, Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, will testify at a congressional hearing about continuous infractions on human rights in Central and South America. The hearing, held by the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives, will shed light on a number of religious freedom and human rights violations taking place in Venezuela and Cuba.

11/05/2015 Cuba (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) – Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, a Baptist pastor and prominent Cuban religious freedom activist, will testify about ongoing violations of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) in Cuba at a hearing by the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives on 6 November.

The field hearing in Miami will focus on serious and ongoing violations of human rights in Venezuela and Cuba.

Reverend Lleonart Barroso, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Taguayabon, Cuba, will highlight a document outlining specific FoRB concerns in Cuba which he co-authored with his wife, seminary professor and missionary Yoaxis Perez, and Apostolic Movement leader and former prisoner of conscience Pastor Omar Gude Perez. Reverend Lleonart Barroso told Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) that he wants to put the spotlight on the document, entitled “Thirty Questions for the Cuban Government” because “sadly, the questions continue to go unanswered.”

“There are many more questions that could expose the falsehood of the regime’s claims of religious freedom in Cuba. Those who, today, attempt to deceive the world into believing that there is religious freedom in Cuba are the very same people who years ago tried to destroy religion. In our view the fundamental political change necessary to obtain real religious freedom is that those who have gripped power for almost 60 years and who have an ample, scandalous and systematic history of violating religious freedom must give up their power to others who can allow for a democracy and who will respect those rights,” he added.

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