U.S. Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom blasts Cuba’s dictatorship for banning travel for Christian pastors

Christian evangelical pastor Alain Toledano Valiente was denied permission to travel to the U.S. for an event on religious freedom by the Cuban dictatorship.

Religious persecution is alive and well in socialist Cuba.

Via CNS News:

Cuban Regime Slammed for Preventing Pastors From Attending State Dep’t Religious Freedom Event

Cuba’s communist government has put to rest any doubts about its violations of religious freedom by preventing four Christian leaders from attending this week’s religious freedom ministerial at the State Department, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said on Tuesday.

Cuban authorities reportedly barred four Protestant leaders from traveling to Washington for the event – billed by the State Department as the biggest event of its kind ever – either turning them back at the airport at the weekend or refusing them permission earlier to leave.

“If the denial of religious freedom in Cuba was ever in question, the Cuban government laid to rest all doubt this weekend by blatantly prohibiting four pastors, leaders of the country’s major religious organizations, from leaving the country to attend the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom,” USCIRF commissioner Kristina Arriaga said.

“This is exactly the type of human rights violation that we and ministerial attendees from all over the world are working to expose and to prevent,” she continued. “We urge the Cuban government to allow these religious leaders to participate in this important conversation – in person – and to return to Cuba to work together with officials to improve religious freedom conditions for all of its citizens.”

The leaders forbidden to travel were Evangelical League of Cuba president Alida Leon Baiz, Western Baptist Convention of Cuba president Dariel Llanes Quintana, Assemblies of God superintendent Moises de Prada, and Prophetic Apostolic Movement leader Alain Toledano Valiente.

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