Cuban Pastor Punished With 1-Year Heavy Labor for Homeschooling His Children in Evangelical Faith
  [Saturday, July 15, 2017 6:07:00 AM]
BBC
An Evangelical pastor in Cuba has been sentenced to one year of heavy labor and house arrest for defying the Communist government and insisting that his children be homeschooled.

International Christian Concern reported on Thursday that Pastor Ramon Rigal, leader of Iglesia de Dios en Cristo, has openly stated that his decision to take his children out of state-run schools was based on his Christian faith

As Diario de Cuba noted last week, Rigal had originally been sentenced by Guantanamo courts to one-year imprisonment, but a recent adjudication led to a modified reduction of the punishment.

The pastor said that his legal team proved that he did not commit any serious criminal act, but religious freedom advocates warned that the heavy labor sentence is still a serious punishment.

Mike Donnelly, an attorney and director of global outreach for the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, said at the time that the right to homeschool children is "a human right that is recognized around the world as a fundamental human right."

"And Cuba has signed international treaties acknowledging this fact," he added, referring to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that the nation signed in 2008.

The treaty gives parents rights when it comes to allowing their religious beliefs and philosophical convictions to be represented in their children's education.

Sources: (
Christian Post, Faithwire, Home School Legal Defense Association
)
As the Lord leads, please pray:
• For Pastor Ramon Rigal as he fights for his parental rights in Cuba
• For parents who choose to homeschool their children based on Christian faith
• For homeschooled children who are taught Biblical principles
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