Cuban Crackdown

 In our new report, CSW has found that there was a tenfold increase in the number of violations of religious freedom in Cuba in 2015. 2,300 separate violations were recorded in 2015, compared with 220 in 2014.
That’s 2,060 more incidents of harassment, intimidation and even violence committed against churches and Christians. 
That’s not all, either. Throughout 2015, the Cuban government used new tactics to tighten its grip on religious groups. 
In the course of one year they:

  • Declared 2000 churches illegal
  • Ordered the closure or demolition of 100 Assemblies of God churches in three provinces
  • Arrested Revd Jesús Noel Carballeda and sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment, the first time this has happened to a pastor since 2012 (to CSW’s knowledge)
  • Ordered all religious groups in the city of Santa Clara to submit requests for all activities in advance for review and permission
  • Orchestrated an unprecedented crackdown on the church.

This is the same year the Pope visited Cuba and the country was widely praised for improving religious freedom. But, as these facts show, the reality is that any improvement has been merely window-dressing

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Published by Julian Kennedy

Bus pass carrying 67 year old disciple of Jesus Christ. Member and deacon of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church, Ballymena. Married to Marianna. Son Joseph at home. Two daughters Marie Isabel and Kirsty in England. Enjoys keeping fit (including indoor rowing), watching track and field, nature and nature documentries. Got hip replacement in April 2014 and major surgery to re-align right knee in November 2017. Blessed in the Covenant love of God in Christ. Retired Emergency Medicine Specialty Doctor.

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