Today, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a new report on the state of the santería (also known as Yoruba) tradition in Cuba. According to USCIRF, the report “provides a brief overview of the traditions of the Santeria community in Cuba and highlights the religious freedom violations that community experiences.” The report gives evidence of religious freedom violations against the Association of Free Yorubas that the Global Liberty Alliance uncovered, thanks to the support of Cuban civil society leaders.
“The Association for Free Yorubas are marginalized within Cuban society not only for their beliefs, but because their desire to freely practice Santeria. The Free Yorubas, as are Christians and people of faith, are under the watchful eye of the Party, and USCIRF continues to highlight these abuses. The Communist Party’s Religion Police, the Office of Religious Affairs, should be sanctioned by the United States and other nations should do the same,” said Jason Poblete, President, Global Liberty Alliance.
You can read the USCIRF report here-- Factsheet on the Santería Tradition in Cuba-- or read it below.