Cuban Pastor's Wife Receives High Fine For "Disturbing Order"

Friday, August 21, 2009

By Worthy News Staff

HAVANA, CUBA (Worthy News) -- A pastor’s wife who lost her baby after a neighbor attacked her on the street, is being fined the equivalent of over two months salary on charges of "disturbing the public order" on that day, Christian trial observers said Friday, August 21.

Gilianys Meneses de los Rios, daughter-in-law to Reverend Roberto Rodriguez and wife to Pastor Eric Gabriel Rodriguez, faced Cuba’s Placetas Tribunal on Monday August 17.

"She is being fined 600 pesos, which is twice the average monthly salary in Cuba, for being attacked on the street by the wife of a neighbor in December 2008," said Britain-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an international advocacy group that has closely monitored the case.

The attack was the latest in a campaign of harassment against the Rodriguez family, carried out with what CSW described as “the tacit support of the authorities.”

CSW linked the alleged attacks to the families’ involvement in the Interdenominational Fellowship of Evangelical Pastors and Ministers in Cuba (CIMPEC) decision to leave the state-backed Cuban Council of Churches (CCC).

NO SALARY

"As Pastors, Gilianys and her husband, Eric Gabriel Rodriguez, do not receive a salary from the Cuban State. However in addition to the court fine, they will also have to pay an additional 400 pesos for the costs associated with the court case. They have two small children and say they find it difficult to make ends meet," CSW said.

There has been an increase in reported violations of religious liberty since Raul Castro took power in early 2008, according to rights watchers.

CSW Advocacy Director Alexa Papadouris told Worthy News in a statement that it is “a terrible injustice that Gilianys Meneses de los Rios is being fined for a crime she did not commit and over an incident in which she was the victim.”

Papadouris said CSW has urged the Cuban government to investigate the case and drop the charges against the Rodriguez family and the international community to intervene. Cuban authorities have in the past denied wrongdoing towards Christians and dissidents still detained in the Communist-run island.

1 thought on “Cuban Pastor's Wife Receives High Fine For "Disturbing Order"

  1. Oh Cuba! Oh Cuba! You Know Not What You Do!

    "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:"
    Matthew 23:34

    Nor The One Who Loved You To The Uttermost

    "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
    Hebrews 12:2"

    And Yet God Calls

    "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
    Matthew 11:28

    Come Sinner

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
    John 3:16

    Believe

    "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"
    John 11:25

    And Be Blessed Beloved

    Love, Joe

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