Cuba Bars Spiritual Assistance for Prisoner

HAVANA, FEB. 23, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Cuban authorities continue to deny political prisoner Arturo Suárez Ramos´ request for spiritual assistance, Vatican Radio reported. Suárez Ramos is one of the political prisoners whose release John Paul II requested during his visit to Cuba in January 1998.

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Suárez Ramos, 37, is being held in the Combinado del Este prison in Havana. His mother Isabel Ramos told Vatican Radio: «I wonder what fear the government has that it denies my son [the right] to receive a minister of God in prison?»

The ACI Catholic news agency said Suárez Ramos, a Catholic, has preached the Gospel in the prisons where he has been incarcerated. Vatican Radio said the denying him spiritual assistance is a violation of a right recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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