Voces de Cuba: Yoel Su√°rez

El 5 de febrero de 2020, Yoel Su√°rez fue citado a la estaci√≥n de polic√≠a de Siboney en La Habana donde fue interrogado durante tres horas por un agente de seguridad del estado que le inform√≥ que ser√≠a declarado ‘regulado.’ La declaraci√≥n somete al Sr. Su√°rez a una prohibici√≥n indefinida de viajes internacionales, una t√°ctica com√ļn de las autoridades cubanas para perjudicar a personas que consideran “pol√≠ticamente sensibles”.

Como periodista independiente, el Sr. Suárez ha trabajado con medios de comunicación no estatales en Cuba desde 2014 y ha escrito extensamente sobre temas de derechos humanos y libertad de religión o creencias. Como resultado de su trabajo, él y su familia han sido objeto de hostigamiento regular por parte de las autoridades cubanas.

Hoy, hace m√°s de seis meses, el Sr. Su√°rez contin√ļa bajo la prohibici√≥n de viajar, y √©l y sus familiares han recibido m√ļltiples visitas de agentes de seguridad del estado de Cuba.

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Voices from Cuba: Yoel Su√°rez

On 5 February 2020 Yoel Su√°rez was summoned to Siboney Police Station in Havana where he was interrogated for three hours by a state security agent who informed him that he had been declared ‚Äėregulado.‚Äô The declaration effectively subjects Mr Su√°rez to an indefinite ban on international travel, and is a common tactic used by the Cuban authorities to target individuals who they deem ‚Äėpolitically sensitive‚Äô.

As an independent journalist, Mr Su√°rez has worked with non-state media outlets in Cuba since 2014 and has written extensively about human rights and freedom of religion or belief issues. As a result of his work, he and his family have been subjected to regular harassment at the hands of the Cuban authorities.

Today, over six months later, Mr Su√°rez remains unable to travel, and he and members of his family have received multiple visits from Cuban state security agents.

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VIDEO: Religious Freedom in Cuba: The lived reality

Marilín Alayo Correa is a Cuban pastor and a leader within the Apostolic Movement. Marilín is also married to Apostle Alain Toledano Valiente, who is one of the key leaders in the Apostolic Movement. As a result of their work, both Marilín and her husband have been extensively targeted by the Cuban authorities for over two decades.

Most recently, Marilín shared a video testimony with CSW reflecting on her family’s story and the situation for religious groups in Cuba nearly 15 years after CSW began documenting the family’s case. In the past year, her husband Alain has also been placed on a travel restriction list and is regularly summoned to appear at their local police station.

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FoRB on the Frontlines: ‚ÄúEveryone‚Äôs hatred was ever present‚ÄĚ

In several Latin American countries, religious leaders often take on the roles of community leader and human rights defender. As a result, these leaders often face harassment, intimidation and even violence at the hands of state and non-state actors. Over the past few weeks CSW has been presenting interviews with religious leaders working in the region to highlight their experiences on the frontlines of freedom of religion or belief.

Yilber is a Protestant pastor based in Cuba.

“I have received so many threats in my life as a Christian that there are, honestly, too many to count. This is something I want to describe, and to do this I won’t rely on generalisations or abstract, subjective examples, I will expose the scars borne by my family ever since we left our town to do pastoral work.

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En la l√≠nea del fuego frente a la LdRC: ‚ÄúEl odio de toda la gente estaba presente.‚ÄĚ

En algunos pa√≠ses latinoamericanos, l√≠deres religiosos frecuentemente desempe√Īan papeles como l√≠deres comunitarios y defensores de los derechos humanos. Como resultado, estos l√≠deres se enfrentan al acoso, la intimidaci√≥n e incluso la violencia en las manos de actores estatales y no estatales. Durante las √ļltimas semanas CSW ha presentado entrevistas con l√≠deres religiosos quienes trabajan en la regi√≥n para destacar sus experiencias en la primera l√≠nea frente a la libertad de religi√≥n o creencia (LdRC).

Yilber es un pastor protestante trabajando en Cuba.

‚ÄúHe conocido tantas amenazas en mi vida cristiana, que sinceramente es imposible enumerarlas. Es algo que quiero ilustrar y para ello no me apoyar√© en generalidad alguna o ejemplos abstractos o subjetivos, sino que presentar√© las marcas que arrastra mi familia desde que salimos de nuestro pueblo a desempe√Īar funciones pastorales.

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