Declaration of the participants in the 5th International Colloquium “For the release of the Five Heroes and against terrorism”

To all women and men in the world, justice lovers,
To the people of the United States,

Five courageous Cubans: Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René have been unfairly imprisoned in US jails for more than eleven years; their only crime has been to fight against terrorism and to defend their people’s right to live in peace.

While fighting against terrorism, and defending the fairest causes of humane dignity and liberty, these Five Heroes harbor their entire people’s decorum, as well as that of the progressive humanity at large.

As a result of the delayed and politicized process, the most outrageous physical and mental tortures have been committed against them and their relatives. This is a flagrant violation of the most basic principles of international law, of the established procedures with regards to due process, and of the regulations on the treatment to detained persons.

The United States government maintains a double standard in its policy to fight against terrorism; harbors, protects and supports US-based terrorist organizations that operate with impunity, causing victims not only among the Cuban people, but also in other countries.

Bearing in mind the above-mentioned statement:

The participants in the 5th International Colloquium “For the release of the Five Heroes and against terrorism”, social fighters, trade unionists, parliament members, pacifists, party leaders, intellectuals and religious leaders, have agreed to issue the following Declaration:

1. We demand the United States government:

– To respect its own laws and act in accordance with the rules of International Law.
– To IMMEDIATELY cease the systematic and repeated violations of human rights against the Cuban Five and their relatives, particularly the violation of the right to be visited by their wives Olga Salanueva and Adriana Pérez. And reclaim the granting of visas to both of them.
– To put an end to the logistic and financial support provided to terrorist organizations based in that country, and to bring the notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to justice for the blowing up of a Cuban airliner in which 73 civilians were killed.

2. We demand President Barack Obama and the Government of the United States of America to free RIGHT AWAY the Cuban Five because they are innocent.

3. We call upon all honest people in our planet, and especially the noble US people, to work intensely to disseminate the just cause for the Cuban Five are fighting and to demand their liberation as a way of paying tribute to decency and truth.

4. We ratify to the Cuban Five and to everyone fighting for their freedom that we will not stop denouncing this injustice, and that we will continue to fight until they return to their homeland.

Action Plan adopted by participants at the 5th International Colloquium for the Release of the Cuban Five and Against Terrorism

The 5th Colloquium held in Holguin is especially relevant after the rejection by the Supreme Court to review the case in June, 2009; the resentencing process of Antonio on October 13th with the unjust sentence of 21 years and 10 months, the next resentencing of Fernando and Ramon dated for December 8th; and the unchanged sentences of Rene and Gerardo, the latter being the most difficult, and the current rejection to grant visas to Adriana and Olga.

This has been a political case, but it was never before required to exert the power of international condemnation and solidarity before Obama´s Administration that has the legal and constitutional power to put an end to this injustice.

All our efforts in the struggle for the release of the Five are intended to influence United States, where the big media continues to ignore the case. The work of more than 300 committees in over 100 countries has begun to bear some fruit. This a fact acknowledged by the prosecution in Miami itself in the view for the resentencing of Tony: “There is much international noise around the case, it is necessary to improve the image of U.S. justice.”

regarding this, we need to set our goals towards strengthening those aspects that we will work harder on.

Main proposals made by participants to attain the release of the Five

1 – Widen working spaces
• Continue spreading the case and demand solidarity among all social movements and broaden the political spectrum of sectors to which we bring our message, mainly governments, parliaments, religious organizations, celebrities, legal organizations, human rights organizations, trade unions.
• Promoting the participation of activists for the freedom of the Cuban Five in the U.S. Social Forum 2010.
• Continue to strongly denounced the double standards of the U.S. government that keeps five innocent people in jail and shelters, self-confessed terrorist like Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch.

2 – Working with Parliamentarians

• Bond the request of parliamentarians from every country to U.S. Congressmen.
• Favor the visit of activists for the freedom of the Five to U.S. Congressmen and to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi herself.
• Bring about the visit of parliamentarians from other countries to the five in their prisons.

3 – Working with Trade Unions

• to have activities organized by or related with trade unions impacting on U.S. counterpart trade union.
• To carry posters of the Cuban Five in the demonstrations to take place coming May 1st in each country.

4 – Expand the use of new TIC (Information and Communications Technology)

• Use youtube to upload videos on personalities that could have an impact in the U.S. audience.
• Improve our websites, bulletins and messages, use the social networks that provide the opportunity to create Blogs, and use Facebook and Twitter.
• Achieve a larger presence in big media, even publishing a page on a national newspaper in the U.S.
• Disseminate and sites as language reference centers on the case of the Cuban Five.

5 – Cultural Resources

• Spread knowledge about the intellectual work and artistic sensibility of the Cuban Five.
• Make use of all cultural event, ranging from concerts to exhibitions, including world known personalities and to strengthen our efforts to bring the case to the media.

6 – Solidarity

• Thousands of people work in the world to lift the genocidal blockade against Cuba, for several reasons not all of them work for the release of the Cuban Five. We must gather the work of all those who are in solidarity with Cuba because demanding the release of the Five is to demand the right of Cuba to live in peace.

Participants in the 5th International Colloquium “For the release of the Five Heroes and against terrorism”.  Holguin, November 21st, 2009


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