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.

Arresting the Messengers. The State Department and the Cuban Five

When I arrived back in Halifax on September 14, 2014 from talks in Washington about the case of the Cuban Five, there was an envelope waiting for me. It was from the “U.S. Department of State” and there was a sticker on the manila envelope that warned: “To be opened by addressee ONLY.” The envelope contained the State Department’s response to an almost forgotten Freedom of Information Act request I’d filed four years earlier. by STEPHEN KIMBER

16th Anniversary of the Imprisonment of the Cuban Five

"I, like many others who have served in the United States government, am deeply concerned about the lack of fairness of American law enforcement and judicial systems as it pertains to the Cuban Five. Earlier this year, in June, 2014, at the "5 Days for the Cuban 5" events in Washington, DC, the international audience from countries around the world heard of their concerns about this unfairness from former U.S. government officials --Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General; Larry Wilkerson, Retired U.S. Army Colonel and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; and Wayne Smith, former Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana." Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq.

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.

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