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Cuban pastor remains in jail after being detained during nationwide protests

by Kelly Valencia
Pastor Lorenzo Rosales CSW - Banner image

Christians are being urged to pray for an evangelical pastor who remains in prison after being detained during anti-government protests that took place in Cuba last month. 

Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo was arrested on 11th July with his son after they joined the demonstrations but were separated immediately. 

State security forced wife Maridilegnis Carballo to sign a document regarding charges against her son and pay a 2000 peso fine (£60) but did not disclose her son's whereabouts. 

After a week, he returned home late on the night of 17th July. He explained that he had been blindfolded and transported in a blacked-out truck, so did not know where he had been held and had no information regarding his father, pastor Lorenzo. 

To date, Carballo has not been able to speak or see her husband after various attempts to visit him in the prison he is allegedly being held located in Santiago de Cuba. 

On 2 August, Cuban authorities denied a request by Pastor Rosales Fajardo's lawyer for 'habeus corpus', which would have required that the pastor be physically present in court and a reason given for his detention.

Carballo has been warned there could be negative repercussions for her son if she continues to speak out about her husband's situation. 

Two other pastors, Yéremi Blanco Ramírez and Yarian Sierra Madrigal, who were detained during the protests in the city of Matanzas and released two weeks later are also still facing criminal charges.

Kori Porter, CEO of CSW USA, said: "We call on the Cuban government to release Pastor Rosales Fajardo immediately. We are deeply concerned for his well-being, and it is unacceptable that his wife has been barred from speaking to or even seeing her husband for over three weeks. We echo the statements made by Cuban religious groups in support of every person's right to express themselves peacefully, including through public demonstrations. The international community must make it clear to the Cuban government that this violent response to protests and the mass detentions and summary trials of peaceful protestors are unacceptable."

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