USCIRF welcomed the release of Adya Expósito Leyva, the wife of Pastor Ramón Rigal.
This report provides an overview of the key religious freedom violations that occurred in Cuba during 2019.
This report provides an overview of the key religious freedom violations that occurred in Cuba during 2019. While Cuba adopted a new constitution in April 2019 that changed the country’s constitutional provisions related to freedom of religion or belief, violations have continued. Alongside the constitution, the government uses a restrictive system of laws and policies, surveillance, and harassment to control religious groups and suppress freedom of religion or belief. The report examines the ongoing issues, including the continued detention and harassment of religious leaders and the denial of religious freedom for democracy and human rights activists and independent journalists.
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the prohibition of travel imposed by the Cuban government on Apostle Alayn Toledano Valiente, a leader in the Apostolic Movement, Reverend Alida Leon Baiz, President of the Evangelical League of Cuba, Reverend Dariel Llanes...
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned Monday’s sentencing of two Christian homeschoolers, Pastor Ramón Rigal of the Church of God in Cuba, and his wife Ayda Expósito, for refusing to send their children to government-run schools. Charged with “acting against the normal development of a minor,” Pastor Rigal has stated that his desire to homeschool his children is based on his religious beliefs and his concern about Cuban schools’ promotion of socialism and atheism.
WASHINGTON, DC – Citing reports of threats against Cuban advocates calling for stronger constitutional guarantees of religious freedom, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today called on the government of Cuba to honor its pledge to conduct an inclusive and legitimate constitutional process and to include language that upholds international standards for religious freedom, according to USCIRF Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga.