Cuba releases religious freedom advocate detained by authorities after helping Christian churches

By Anugrah Kumar | Christian Post

Cuba’s communist government on Friday released a well-known religious freedom advocate, Leonardo Rodríguez Alonso, who had been held without charge.

Authorities arrested Alonso, a regional coordinator for the Patmos Institute, an independent civil society organization that promotes inter-religious dialogue and religious freedom for all, on Wednesday while he was returning home to Villa Clara from the town of Caibarién, where he had gone to lead meetings with human rights defenders, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, USA.

Alonso had been held without charge in the Provincial Unit for Investigations in the city of Santa Clara. The meeting he led was about violations of freedom of religion or belief affecting Apostolic Movement churches in central and eastern Cuba.

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