‘I will not beat other people; I am a Christian’ – Cuba’s new criminal code outlaws freedom of conscience 

Faced with a growing number of protests in Cuba on the part of its citizenry, the Cuban regime has needed to forcibly recruit men1 into the ranks of its military. They are not being brought in to bring peace or mediate in the middle of the protests, exactly, but rather to violently repress and neutralize the protests, of which 5,164 separate incidents have been recorded since demonstrations broke out on 11 July 2021, also known as 11J. The new recruits have also been made to participate in the creation of false evidence, which has been used to lock up more than 1,000 political prisoners since 11J.  

The Cuban Conflict Observatory reports that 589 protests took place in October 2022; this was the month with the highest number incidents since demonstrations first broke out on 11J. The regime has had to resort to raids, using various means of deception and often  force, to increase the numbers of enlisted young people.  

‘Do you know what they did to a group of young people?’ a pastor asked CSW. ‘They phoned them to arrange the handover of their degrees and grades, [but really] the people from the military committee were waiting for them to enlist them.’ 

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La intolerancia hacia los cristianos en muchas comunidades tribales de la India no termina aun ni con en la muerte

A la familia de Janki Sori no se le dio mucho tiempo para llorar. Después de haberla enterrado en su propia tierra el 1 de noviembre, solo pasaron dos días antes de que su cuerpo fuera exhumado contra los deseos de su familia por miembros de un grupo tribal conocido como Sarv Adivasi Samaj, la razón, fue debido a su conversión al cristianismo.

Sori, que tenía 35 años cuando murió, vivía en la aldea de Antagarh, en el estado indio de Chhattisgarh, donde la mayoría de la comunidad son animistas que adoran la naturaleza y los espíritus, al tiempo que obtienen cierta influencia del hinduismo.

Los que exhumaron su cuerpo afirmaron que su aldea pertenece solo a aquellos que siguen su religión y, después de enterrar a la Sra.  Sori en una aldea diferente el 4 de noviembre, el grupo afirmó que continuarían atacando a los conversos al cristianismo de la misma manera hasta que se “reconviertan” a la religión o a su ascendencia y cultura.

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Intolerance towards Christians in many tribal communities in India does not end even in death

Janki Sori’s family were not given much time to grieve. Having laid her to rest in their own land on 1 November, only two days passed before her body was exhumed against her family’s wishes by members of a tribal group known as the Sarv Adivasi Samaj – all because of her conversion to Christianity.

Ms Sori, who was 35 years old when she died, lived in the village of Antagarh in India’s Chhattisgarh state, where the majority of the community are animists who worship nature and spirits, while also drawing some influence from Hinduism.

Those who exhumed her body claimed that their village belongs only to those who follow their religion, and, after burying Ms Sori in a different village on 4 November, the group claimed that they would continue to target converts to Christianity in the same manner until they ‘re-convert’ to the religion or their ancestry and culture.

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“Quiero ser un hombre de bien” – una entrevista con David Rosales, hijo del pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo

La CSW habló con David Rosales, hijo del pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo de la iglesia independiente Monte de Sión en Palma Soriano, quien hoy purga una sentencia de 7 años de prisión en la Prisión de Boniato en Santiago de Cuba.

El religioso fue acusado en diciembre de 2021 de desórdenes públicos, instigación a delinquir, desacato y atentado, luego de que él y su hijo David participaran en la protesta nacional el 11 de Julio de 2021. Con información y testigos falsos, el régimen Cubano acusó a Lorenzo y David de ser los causantes de las lesiones de “7 agentes del orden y una funcionaria que custodiaba la institución. A su vez, dañaron un ómnibus del sector estatal estacionado en el lugar de los sucesos”.

El 17 de julio de 2021 se le impuso a David Rosales una medida cautelar de fianza por su participación en los hechos. Esta medida fue modificada y David fue exonerado del proceso penal tras imponérsele una multa que fue abonada el 19 de agosto de 2021.

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‘I fear they will normalise this’ – Restrictions combine to make life even more difficult for religion and belief groups in China

The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on the functions of nearly every religion or belief group in every country in the world over the past two years. While many have now emerged from lockdowns and measures imposed to curb the spread of the virus are being lifted in most countries, arguably some of the strictest restrictions remain in the country where the virus was first detected: China.

Since December 2021, China has been wrestling with the spread of the omicron variant, with many cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Xi’an, having been placed under lockdowns at various points over the past six months. Even as lockdowns have been lifted in some places, they remain in effect in others, and there is no telling from one week to the next whether more severe measures will be enforced in any one place.

Meanwhile, for religious groups in these and other cities remaining restrictions designed to limit the spread of the virus have combined with new regulations on online religious activities to make everything from online meetings to day-to-day communication extremely difficult.

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