Cuban Baptist Pastor Speaks Out on Human Rights

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United for Human Rights, a non-profit organization that assists educators, organizations and governmental bodies to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, invited Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso to be the featured speaker at an event to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Human Rights Walk

Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart and former U.S. Congressman from South Florida, Lincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart marching for freedom.

For the Cuban delegation, this event is the completion of a story to secure their right of religion, thought and expression and a continuation to bring human rights awareness to many.

Cuban Human Rights Activist and Baptist pastor, Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso spoke out on freedom of religion, thought and expression on December 10th at an event to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sponsored by United for Human Rights, the event was held in historic Ybor Square, current home of the Church of Scientology, and was followed by a Human Rights Walk ending at the famous Jose Marti Park.

According to the President of United for Human Rights in Tampa, Gracia Bennish, the event was “held to reaffirm the dignity and worth of the human person and the rights of all men to exercise freely freedom of thought, expression and religion.”

Accompanying Pastor Lleonart Barroso on the trip from Cuba to America, were other pastors and representatives who stand in defense of religious freedom in Cuba supporting Barroso and his fight to protect and uphold religious freedom and civil rights in his country.

When asked about the significance of this event, Barroso stated, "Our 66th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a true story of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For the Cuban delegation, this event is the completion of a story to secure their right of religion, thought and expression and a continuation to bring human rights awareness to many."

Also attending the event was former U.S. Congressman from South Florida, Lincoln Rafael Díaz-Balart.

"It is so important that we celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a great achievement of mankind's. Human rights and the Rule of Law must be defended‎ each and every day; they are difficult to achieve and easy to lose," stated Díaz-Balart.

To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights visit http://www.humanrights.com/#/home.

About United for Human Rights:
United for Human Rights (UHR) is a non-profit organization that assists and unites individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at local, regional, national and international levels. The organization has a wide range of educational materials that include a documentary entitled “The Story of Human Rights” and an educator’s guide. The material is used in schools, churches, and various civic groups to educate children and adults so that they understand their human rights, and, armed with that knowledge, work to implement and protect those rights. For more information visit, http://www.humanrights.com/#/home.

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