Cuban Five: New Publication of the Report of the International Commission of Inquiry

The report of the proceedings of the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban (Miami) Five, held at the Law Society in London in March 2014, is now available in a new publication. The two Commission Coordinators, Sara Chandler, chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee and leading barrister Elizabeth Woodcraft launched the report at a packed meeting at the House of Commons in London on 10 September, hosted by Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn and Baroness Angela Smith.

COUNTERPUNCH: Imprisoned for Fighting Terrorism

Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism? Yes, if you fight terrorism in Miami. Today marks 16 years that five Cuban men known as the Cuban Five have endured prison — 5,840 days — precisely for having fought terrorism in Miami. The reason is, the terrorism the Cuban Five were fighting against has been supported and financed by the U.S. government, through the CIA and other means. The Cuban Five never belonged a day in prison. In any other country, they would be honored as heroes for putting their lives on the line to save other people.
President Barack Obama has the power to undo an enormous injustice. Let the Cuban Five go home to Cuba now.

Final Declaration and Action Plan of the 10th International Colloquium for the Release of the Five Heroes and against Terrorism.

The battle for the liberation of Antonio, Ramón and Gerardo is the most urgent cause in Cuba now, along with the end of the genocide blockade. It is supported by all those who defend the inalienable right to sovereignty and dignity of the peoples. We make a call to reinforce our fight to prevent that Gerardo spends the rest of his life in prison, that Ramón health continues affecting and that Anotnio fails to meet in time with his beloved mother, in the haste of time.

Cuba Hosts International Colloquium of Solidarity with Cuban Five

With more than 200 participants from 49 countries, the Colloquium will open with the inauguration of exposition Absueltos por la solidaridad, 16 watercolors painted by An­tonio Guerrero from prison; and be followed by a screening of Justice in London, by film maker Roberto Chile - showing the efforts of a London based Investigation Committee into the case of the Cuban Five, and which includes testimonies from witnesses, family members, victims of terrorism, investigators, lawyers and judges. The final conclusions of the investigation will also be read during the event. A panel discussion with the Five’s family members and activists will take place in the morning, while the afternoon will be dedicated to another discussion involving family members of victims of terrorism and a summary of the main proposed activities to be included in the event Plan of Action.

We Will Never Give up Denouncing the Injustice, Says René González

Cuban hero René González, who is attending today a Festival of the Communist journal Avante, said his priority is to fight for the release of his three comrades still in U.S. prisons. “We wil never give up the right to continue denouncing the injustice that has been committed,” said Rene in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina.

Member of Cuba 5 says he’s optimistic about deal

Fernando Gonzalez told The Associated Press that one of the most positive signs he’s seen is former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s statement in a recent book that she recommended that President Barack Obama end the decades-long U.S. embargo on Cuba. Gonzalez said that “at this moment there’s a political context that makes me cautiously optimistic.” “There’s a growing interest there in changing U.S. policy toward Cuba,” he said. “I would like to think that before finishing his term, President Obama would decide to improve relations with Latin America. That would involve a change with Cuba and that would necessarily take place through a solution to the case of my three colleagues.”

Ailí Labañino in Australia tells about the Cuban Five

Ramón Labañino is in prison in the United State, in Kentucky. Ailí Labañino, his oldest daughter, was in Australia in August. Sponsored by labor unions and Cuba solidarity groups there, she toured six cities. “More than half of my life, as well as that of my sisters, has been spent in this battle for the return of my father. We are very proud to know what they did was not only for their families but for all Cubans. Anyway, it’s very painful not to have them, for instance at birthday parties, on Valentine’s Day, on Fathers’ Day and also the fact that we had to wait for a US visa in order to be able to visit him in prison. The experience we had during our adolescence was that of prison."


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René González Fernando González Antonio Guerrero Ramón Labañino Gerardo Hernández

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