Cuba may be starting to open itself up to the outside world, but the government “continues to repress dissent and discourage public criticism”, according to Human Rights Watch. “Repressive tactics employed by the government include beatings, public acts of shaming, and the termination of employment.” Still, as in China, the Church in Cuba is growing. Religious organisations are the only authorised assemblies, and their activities are being increasingly tolerated, opening a window of opportunity for social change through the activities of the Church.
Cuba is one of the few remaining communist governments in the world. Ten years ago, the country’s ageing leader, Fidel Castro, was replaced by his brother, Raúl, but the government stayed essentially the same and desired changes did not take place, although there have been relaxed controls over some […]
[<a href=”//storify.com/wwmonitor/pope-francis-meets-patriarch-kirill” target=”_blank”>View the story “Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill” on Storify</a>] Related Articles:Attempt on Syriac Patriarch commemorating genocide‘Castro’s death won’t end repression of Cuban…Egypt’s Christians mourn 49 killed in Palm Sunday…Hungary opens first ever office to tackle Christian…Coptic Pope prays in ancient church symbolic of past…US missionary receives award […]
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 […]