Happy Universal Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary!
Happy Universal Declaration of Human Rights Anniversary!
“Evangelism for me doesn’t live just within the four walls of the church. Our faith doesn’t just free us from the eternal consequences of sin. It also makes us free here on earth, and that brings us into conflict with a totalitarian regime that restricts our freedoms.” Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart, founder of a Baptist church in the town of Taguayabón, in the province of Villa Clara, Cuba.
The quote above was the expression of Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart in 2019 during the process of changes to the Constitution by the Communist Party in Cuba. A process without any political opposition in a one party political system that have been imposed after decades of indoctrination and control by a totalitarian government.
In 2019 the people of Cuba voted in approval of a Constitutional charge that make socialism “irrevocable” on the island and establish the Cuban Communist Party officially as the “supreme guiding political force” in the state and society. With no other opposing voices that the religious community the changes to the Constitution were approved with a outstanding majority.
Catholic bishops argue that “the free practice of religion is not merely the freedom to have religious beliefs but the freedom to live in conformity with one’s faith and to express it publicly.” In response to the religious opposition, Mariela Castro, a daughter of the former President Raul Castro and a member of the Constitutional Assembly, shared a post on her Facebook page calling the church “the serpent of history.”
The fight against the religious community in Cuba is nothing new. After the revolution, the Catholic Church was subject of persecution that was perpetually over the years of a political relationship of Cuban’s government with the Soviet Union. The years post-Soviet relationship the government of Cuba was more open to the religious community as a way to gain a good relation with Western countries. The Catholic Church and Protestant community relative resugence was observed, but the trend has changed in the last years ending with a total control and persecution of religious beliefs in the Island.
International community, and Human Rights organizations are raising their voices in favor for a religious freedom in Cuba. According to an analysis by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), “The new constitution does guarantee religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Under the previous constitution, however, those provisions were tied together. In the new version, they are separated, and the freedoms are not defined as clearly as they were before.” However, the wording in Constitution is establishing that the new normative makes socialism “irrevocable” on the island and establish the Cuban Communist Party officially as the “supreme guiding political force” in the state and society.
Pastor Lleonart initial activism against the government repressive measures had a counterproductive outcome. He started a Christian Blog to express his thoughts but his children began suffering the consequences of his activism, then Pastor Lleonart and his family sought political asylum in the United States.
73th Anniversary of UDHR day #5
Do you know that the Human Rights has been defended since the beginning of history in the world?
Here you can access the history to the first known scripture about Human Rights in world history. The Cyrus Cylinder
Criminal Justice System and Human Rights Violations
We have been stated before about the importance of human rights, their implications, and how we must have a deeper understanding about this natural protection of the personal integrity in order to fulfill the common wellbeing within a civilized society. Sadly we have learned from history how the powerless people were literally disenfranchised from the society and in the most savage outcomes, many people were killed in cold blood. Empires over empires and the thirty of empowered criminals were the main cause of multiple disgraces.
In 1945 and after a bloody outcome of the WW2 a global alliance started the conversation about the abuse of governmental organizations and the violations of human rights. That was the beginning to a new chapter in the history of humanity with the creation of the United Nations (UN). Yes, believed or not, the main purpose for the creation of the UN was the protection of human rights and promote the peace in the world. The creation of International Laws to protect the human rights was not an easy task that endured about 20 years. However, in December 10th of 1948 and by a resolution signed by the member nations by those years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was born. Since then many thing has changed but the importance and the impact of human rights has prevailed through decades.
Was that the end of a human rights violations in the world? Is the policing of human rights in the world a guarantee for protection? Is the UN an impacting organization to stop the totalitarian regimes in the world? The answers to this questions should be diverse or sometimes ambiguous and interesting at the same time. One thing is clear, the totalitarian regimes, and even the so called democratic governmental systems, are using their own justice systems and governmental agencies as a weapons of repression and threats against their own citizens.
According to the Harvard Law School in the introduction to the course of Human Rights Advocacy and Criminal Justice certification; “Domestic criminal justice systems remain major sources of human rights abuse throughout the world despite decades of normative advances in international human rights law and the development of a global human rights movement.” Jamie Fellner, a senior advisor to the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch wrote; “Every day we confront misguided policies rooted in politics, prejudice, anger, and fear.” (2012)
One example of a misguiding policies within a domestic criminal justice system is the application of Decree Law 370 by the government of Cuba. “A total of 47 human rights organizations and independent press media denounce the violation of fundamental human rights caused by the application in Cuba of Decree Law 370.” according to a Freedom House publication on May 6, 2020. Since the establishment of Decree Law 370 “On the Computerization of Cuban Society” in July 2019 about 30 people, mostly journalists, have been targeted by the regime and have been subjected to interrogation, threats, and seizure of work equipment. Seven civil rights activists were under isolated encarcelation at the moment of the joint statement by Freedom House and 47 human rights organizations.
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide and other religious and human rights organizations, “following the passage of the constitution, which was criticized by some religious groups, the government increased pressure on religious leaders, including through violence, detentions, and threats; restricting the right of prisoners to practice religion freely; and limiting or blocking international and domestic travel.” (As cited by US State Department, 2019).
Once this has been said, there is a long way and many barriers to be overthrown. However, the individual human rights are Inalienable, something that is impossible be taken away from or given away by the possessor. Martin Luther King once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We can see injustices somewhere without realizing our own reality if we can’t denounce it and ask the proper responsibility on our leaders.
Fellner, Jamie (2012) The Human Rights Paradign. To Build a Better Criminal Justice System, The Sentencing Project (p.16)
Freedom House JOINT STATEMENT May 6, 2020, Cuba: Statement against the application of Decree Law 370 retrived from; https://freedomhouse.org/article/cuba-statement-against-application-decree-law-370
U.S. State Department; 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom: Cuba, OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM retrieved from: https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/CUBA-2019-INTERNATIONAL-RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM-REPORT.pdf
Although it’s not regularly reported by the MSM, the #Religiouspersecution in Cuba still a concerning issue to the international community, especially to the #HumanRights organizations.
73th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of December 10, 1948. On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Thousands of people has died as a result of the atrocities suffered during the time of wars. But the WW2 was a remarcable one, in which Nazis killed millions in cold blood. Shortly after the WW2 in 1945 the winning countries (Britain, France, China, Soviet Union, and United States) created the United Nations. Today there are 196 countries members of the United Nations (UN). The original purpose of UN was to bring the peace and unity to the world and avoid the kind of atrocities experienced during the years of WW2.
To acomplish with laudable purposes, the UN created a Commission of Human Rights. Our Eleonor Roosvelt was leading the entrusted work of drafting the Declaration of Human Rights in coordination with the representatives of other countries. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
However, we are experiencing the time where our human rights are manipulated, restricted, and in extremely ways the violations of human rights have become a common rule within many countries. Sadly the agencies responsable for the education of our children and young generations are not teaching that knowledge to the next generation. For that reason and in the first ten days of December, we will be sharing some educational videos and informative writing about the importance of Human Rights today.
Moreover, you can follow Criminal Justice Issues (CJI) in the different social media for more information. CJI is committed to educate and advocate for Justice and Human Rights.
Because this is the first time we are celebrating the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, we will highlighting the struggles and violations of human rights suffered by our Caribbean brothers of Cuba. After more than 60 years of totalitarian and dictatorship, we can say that’s enough and is time to demand Freedom to the people of Cuba. #HumanRights #UNDHR #USIDHR #Freedom #FreeCuba #PatriayVida
Report 2020 of the US Congressional Institute of Religious Freedom about their findings in Cuba. Christian Support Worldwide (CSW) in their annual report concluded the government “violated freedom of religion or belief routinely and systematically” through arbitrary detentions, false charges, threats, and harassment of religious leaders and religious freedom defenders. The report also noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government confiscated food that some religious groups intended to provide to those in need, blocked overseas humanitarian aid, and threatened and charged religious leaders for “spreading disease.”
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