Human Rights Organizations

The violations of the Cuban Five human rights  by the US Government in these 13 years have been demounced by organizations such as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Amnesty International and others.

  • OPINION No. 19/2005 (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) U.N. WORKING GROUP on ARBITRARY DETENTION (HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION), MAY 27, 2005

"The deprivation of Iiberty of Messrs. Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, Mr. Fernando González Llort, Mr Gerardo Hernández Nordelo,  Mr. Ramón Labañino Salazar and Mr. René González Sehweret is arbitrary, being in contravention of article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and corresponds to category III of the applicable categories examined in the cases before the Working Group.

Having issued this opinion, the Working Group requests the Government to adopt the necessary steps to remedy the situation, in conformity with the principles stated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights."

  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2008

"In August an oral hearing took place in the case of five Cuban nationals convicted in Miami in June 2001 of conspiring to act as agents of the Republic of Cuba and other charges (USA v Gerardo Hernandez et al). Grounds for the appeal included insufficient evidence and alleged improper statements by the prosecution during the trial. The appeal court’s decision was pending at the end of 2007. The US government continued to refuse to grant the wives of two of the prisoners visas to visit them in prison."

  • APPEAL OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MARCH 2009, AI INDEX:  AMR 51/041/2009    

"Denying prisoners visits from their family in these circumstances is unnecessarily punitive and contrary to standards for humane treatment of prisoners and states’ obligations to protect family life. The organization has urged that these restrictions be reviewed, drawing the government’s attention to international standards that stress the importance of the family and the right of all prisoners to maintain contact with their families and to receive visits.

Amnesty International continues to review the case in consideration of the fairness of the criminal proceedings leading to the convictions of the five men."

“The organization believes that the concerns outlined above combine to raise serious doubts about the fairness of the proceedings leading to their conviction, in particular the prejudicial impact of publicity about the case on a jury in Miami. Amnesty International hopes that these concerns can still be given due consideration by the appropriate appeal channels. Should the legal appeals process not provide a timely remedy, and given the long prison terms imposed and length of time the prisoners have already served, Amnesty International is supporting calls for a review of the case by the US executive authorities through the clemency process or other appropriate means.”

Who are they?

René González Fernando González Antonio Guerrero Ramón Labañino Gerardo Hernández

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