Christian Solidarity Worldwide has released a report documenting a dramatic increase in the abuse of religious freedom in Cuba.

According to CSW some of the violations include: severe harassment and violent beatings of Protestant pastors and lay workers; scores of women violently dragged away from Sunday morning services by state security agents; and forced closures, confiscation and demolition of churches. It also reports that a Baptist pastor, who had been working for more than 50 years as the leader of a church, finally accepted asylum in the US.

From January 2014 to July, 170 separate religious freedom violations were recorded – this figure is up from 40 violations in 2011.

Click here to download the report.

Source: CSW