Pastor's Wife Facing Cuban Court

Monday, August 17, 2009

By Worthy News Staff

HAVANA, CUBA (Worthy News) -- A pastor's wife who miscarried after a neighbour attacked her was due to facing a Cuban court Monday, August 17, on charges of "disturbing the public order" on that day, an international advocacy group said.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said Gilianys Meneses Rodriguez, daughter-in-law to Reverend Roberto Rodriguez and wife to Pastor Eric Gabriel Rodriguez, was attacked on the street by the wife of a neighbour in December 2008.

"The attack was the latest in a campaign of harassment against the Rodriguez family, carried out with the tacit support of the authorities," CSW said. The group linked the harassment to the families’ involvement in the decision of the Interdenominational Fellowship of Evangelical Pastors and Ministers in Cuba's (CIMPEC) to leave the government backed Cuban Council of Churches (CCC).

CSW said that neighbours first contaminated the families' drinking water well, broke water pipes, and septic tank before accusing Gilianys' husband of "aggressive behaviour". As a result of the violence, "Gilianys miscarried after eight weeks pregnancy," CSW said, adding hat the family has been forced to move away from their home in the central city of Placetas due to concerns for their safety.

Gilianys, a mother of two girls, is the third member of the Rodriguez family to be reportedly summoned to appear before the Placetas Tribunal.


Her father-in-law was national president of CIMPEC until October 2008 when the Cuban authorities removed him, following the decision of CIMPEC to withdraw from the CCC. CIMPEC reportedly cited "illegal government interference" in their internal affairs as the reason for their withdrawal.

The harassment and legal proceedings against the family began after difficulties between CIMPEC and the CCC, CSW said. "Reverend Roberto Rodriguez has since been summoned to appear in court four times on charges of ‘threatening behaviour'," the group explained.

Gilianys' husband, Pastor Eric Gabriel Rodriguez, was tried on the same charges as his father in December 2008 and has been sentenced to one year probation. There has been an increase in reported violations of religious liberty since Raul Castro took power in early 2008, CSW said.

"We strongly condemn the legal persecution of the Rodriguez family and in particular the latest charges against Gilianys Meneses who has already suffered terrible personal injustice," said CSW Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas. "We call on members of the international community to raise the case with the Cuban government as a matter of urgent concern and ensure the harassment of this family ceases".

3 thoughts on “Pastor's Wife Facing Cuban Court

  1. Heavenly Father, I lift up the Rodriguez family to you in their time of need. More than ever we are living in a world where evil is called good, and good evil. I pray these persecutors, especially the neighbor's wife who helped to cause the miscarriage, will be brought to justice even in this lifetime. I do pray for the persecutors' repentence and salvation, as well. I lift up this family's faith in you, and walk with you, Lord Jesus. I ask that you give them peace that surpasses all understanding, and that while it is your will that the lost repent and come to you, evil will not go unpunished. I plead, Heavenly Father, that you would strongly encourage those in authority who have the power to do so to put an end to this cruelty. I know you give everyone free will; however, I pray you would be relentless in encouraging those that can help your oppressed children until they do so. Thank you for helping the Rodriguez, and others like them, in their time of grief and heal them so they can come through all this even stronger for your cause. Help them to draw closer to you through your son Jesus, instead of giving up. I pray you would send some of your strongest, mightiest angels to guard and to help guide this poor grieving family. Thank you-in Jesus' name, AMEN .

  2. Praying!


    "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 18:10

    And Grace

    "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

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