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    The situation of religious liberty in Cuba

    The situation of religious liberty in Cuba / Mario Lleonart
    Posted on January 9, 2015

    The delegation from Instituto Patmos, invited by United for Human Rights
    to the celebration of the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration
    of Human Rights.

    During all of 2014 this blog, Cubano Confesante, I examined the best
    part of the thirty questions that doubt the supposed religious liberties
    in Cuba, which were launched in September of 2013 during the trip we
    took to Washington, invited by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

    These analyses were the object of discussion in forums and workshops
    convened by the Instituto Patmos in various sites in Cuba, and at times
    also some of those posts were the fruit of these. This contributed to
    sharing these contents in an island where access to internet is difficult.

    Arriving precisely at the end of the year we arrived in the said review
    at the middle of those questions, the fifteenth, having realized that
    the majority of them, lamentably, far from being no longer applicable,
    had maintained or had increased. Only in the case of two can we breathe
    more easily:

    Why the failure to account for the wave of repression that took place
    during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI during which hundreds of people
    were arbitrarily detained or threatened, and of whom still remain in
    prison and threatened with severe penalties Sonia Garro and her husband
    Ramón Alejandro Muñoz*?

    It continues still without giving account about the repressive wave, not
    the regime in Cuba that triggered it, nor the Vatican that tolerated it,
    have given explanations in this regard. But at least Sonia Garro and
    Alejandro Ramón were let out of prison on December 9 to be prisoners in
    their own homes as a home detainment. We will continue arguing this
    question until there is accountability concerning the repression which
    attracted representatives of civil society in Cuba in the March 2012
    visit of Benedicto XVI. And until Sonia and Ramon have the freedom they
    deserve.

    Why not free the United States citizen Alan Gross, who was left a
    prisoner in Cuba for supporting with technology the Jewish Cuban
    community and who serves as a warning to anyone else who decides to be
    supportive with any other existing religious communities?

    Fortunately since December 17, Alan Gross is free. It ended an outrage
    that lasted five years and which clearly was a kidnapping that the
    regime in Cuba used in order to pressure the Government of the United
    States to release their five spies discovered as part of the Red Avispa
    network, which was operating in its territory.

    Throughout the year we were publishing, among others, a series of posts
    dedicated to reviewing the thirty questions whose validity is
    unfortunately preserved almost in its entirety. [Note to English
    readers: as not all these posts were translated the list is not
    reproduced here.]

    *Translator’s note: Since this post was written they have been released.

    Translated by: Hombre de Paz

    28 December 2014

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