Cuban officials crack down on Christianity as tourism soars

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Cuban officials crack down on Christianity as tourism soars

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Cuban officials crack down on Christianity as tourism soars

Celebrations of Cuba’s progress on freedom are still premature, especially when it comes to freedom of religion.

A new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide reveals that there has been a frightening crackdown on Christianity throughout Cuba, even in the midst of a renewal of US-Cuban relations.

Christian Daily reports, “Based on Christian Solidarity Worldwide's (CSW) tally, there are 1,606 violations of religious liberty from January to July 2016. Among these things are demolition and seizure of churches, destruction of church property, and arbitrary detention.”

This persecution is not entirely new, but church leaders in Cuba “have raised concerns that the government's treatment of religious groups has significantly deteriorated in the last year.”

A report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide clarifies that, “In 2015, the ORA continued to deny authorisation for a number of religious activities and in cooperation with other government agencies, issued fines and threats of confiscation to dozens of churches and religious organizations. The ORA also sanctioned the arbitrary expropriation of historic, registered church properties and the actions against the AoG (Assemblies of God) churches.”

The first half of 2016 has seen the Cuban government follow-through on the seizure (and, in many cases, the demolition) of thousands of churches.

Please sign this petition to send a note directly to the Cuban Office of Religious Affairs. Your note will also be sent to officials in the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States.

Please act now in defense of Cuban Christians. Ask the Cuban government to take immediate steps to stop the persecution of Christians and ensure religious freedom for all Cuban citizens.

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Further Resources: 

http://christiandaily.com/article/cubas-crackdown-on-religious-freedom-t...

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/cuba.crackdown.on.christians.sees....

http://www.csw.org.uk/2016/08/16/news/3227/article.htm

http://www.csw.org.uk/2016/01/18/news/2952/article.htm

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Religious freedom for all Cuban citizens

Dear Cuba’s Office of Religious Affairs,

CC: Officials in the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States

I recently became aware of a frightening crackdown on Christianity in Cuba. A report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide details “1606 separate violations [of religious freedom] between January and July 2016.” These include, “the demolition and confiscation of church buildings, the destruction of church property, arbitrary detention and other forms of harassment, in particular seizure of religious leaders’ personal belongings.”

Many of these violations stem from the decision of the Office of Religious Affairs (ORA) to unjustly seize 1,400 Assemblies of God churches. The office alleges that the churches were operating illegally, but the ORA’s refusal to give authorisation to the churches led to this unjust seizure.

The Office of Religious Affairs has been consistently antagonistic to Christianity over the last few years, and this antagonism has created an environment where many Christians do not feel free to practice their religion openly.

International standards of religious freedom ensure the ability of religious groups to grow organically and operate openly. Please take immediate steps to align Cuba with these international standards by halting the persecution of Christians and ensuring religious freedom for all Cuban citizens.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Cuban officials crack down on Christianity as tourism soars

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