In its third gathering, the Alliance of Christians of Cuba urged authorities to release political prisoners and respect basic human rights.
An interview with Luis Rodríguez Pérez, who follows the fate of political prisoners in Cuba, two years after the pro-democracy protests. “A vast majority of Cubans have been in the opposition since they have the faculty to reason”.
France, Spain, Germany and Ukraine are mentioned in the 2023 USCIRF report, which was criticised for its way of addressing the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
The emerging evangelical movement was one of the most active driving forces in mobilising Spanish society against slavery in Cuba and Puerto Rico.
The YouVersion Bible app annual report stresses that “Ukrainian-language Bible engagement skyrocket in several European countries many by triple digits”.
The regime claims that the premises are illegal and needed for mothers with over 3 children who do not have a home. The church has been there for 30 years.
Two thirds voted "yes" to the new Family Code promoted by the regime. 20 evangelical denominations asked to vote against.
The Cuban regime hopes to validate the “Code of Families” through popular approval. Churches have been active in proposing changes to the project.
“We reject any declaration that does not respect the historic doctrines of our institution”, they say. Other denominations are also expected to leave.
In the days following July 11 evangelical leaders raised their voices as well as others who on rare occasions have directly and publicly confronted the Castro regime..
Many registered Cuban Protestant institutions did not remain silent, at the expense of various reprisals, such as losing their legal status.
That July 11, 2021, called “11J” by Cubans was the largest protest seen in Cuba in 62 years, triggered by a shortage of food and medicine and the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Cuba, Christian associations such as the Patmos Institute or the Evangelical League offered their resources to those in need.
According to the authorities, the explosion was caused by a gas leak. The building of a nearby Baptist church was severely damaged.
Lorenzo Rosales is jailed in a high security prison since August 2021, after joining peaceful protests against the government. The European Parliament, US congressmen and human rights organisations called for his immediate release.
After a popular consultation on the new ‘Code of Families’, Cubans will vote the final text in a referendum in July. Evangelicals have criticised several parts of the draft law.
Pastor Rosales Fajardo is still in prison. In a letter to the UN, the Cuban government notes the eight-year sentence, that has yet to be communicated to his family.
Since 1959, around 3,116 people have been shot on the island, mainly men and accused of common or political crimes.
Silence is the biggest noise in Cuba, but Adelys broke it when her husband, a pastor, was arrested during the ‘11-J’ protests in the city of Matanzas.
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Clashes with the State and punishments of Cuban evangelicals have increased in recent years, but without a high number of imprisoned pastors. Until 11 July 2021 came.
An Urgency Resolution was passed by the European chamber mentioning 9 people imprisoned since the peaceful protests in July. The EU could suspend its cooperation agreement with Cuba.
“God not only guarded us, He also orchestrated everything for His glory and the good of His work”, says Yéremi Blanco, one of the pastors detained in Cuba, after the resolution of his case.
The case of Yéremi Blanco and Yarián Sierra is closed after paying a fine for participating in the peaceful demonstrations of July.