Statement from the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five on the Release from Prison of René González

René González, one of the five men known as the Cuban Five, today will walk out of Federal Prison in Marianna, Florida. He will walk out with his head held high after more than 13 years in prison, having served his utterly unjust sentence with complete dignity. He has been a model prisoner, even while suffering the indignity of being inhumanely deprived visits from his wife for more than 11 years.

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Justice for the Five once again denied

RENÉ González Sehwerert, one of Cuba’s five anti-terrorist heroes, will be released from prison October 7 having served in full the brutal and unjust sentence he was given.

On September 16, South Florida District Judge Joan A. Lenard denied a motion submitted by René on February 16, 2011 requesting that he be allowed to return to Cuba and be reunited with his wife, daughters and parents. He has been unjustly obliged to remain in the United States for three years of probation.

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Statement on the further injustice against Rene Gonzalez and the Cuban Five

The Philippines-Cuba Friendship Association or Amistad and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee together with all its allied and member organizations, condemn in the strongest possible terms the further injustice being undertaken by US imperialism against Rene Gonzalez and the continuing unjust incarceration of the rest of the Cuban Five.

 

The release of Rene Gonzalez from solitary detention and into the arms of Florida-based self-confessed international terrorists such as Luis Posada Carilles is no real freedom and vindication for Compañero Rene. In fact, it is nothing but a death sentence for him, as he will be living side by side with counter-revolutionaries and terrorists who have made it their life’s work to ensure the destruction of the Cuban revolution and the elimination of Cuban patriots such as Rene.

 

The release of Rene Gonzalez, including its unjust and absurd conditions is clear proof that US imperialism continues to hold the lives of the Cuban Five hostage to punish the Cuban people for choosing to be free from imperialist control from 1959 until today.

 

Their illegal detention subsists, despite insurmountable evidence that no crime had ever been committed against the American people and government. In fact, it is because of their revolutionary work that terrorist acts, objectionable to all of humanity, had been discovered, prevented and foiled.

 

What is clear, however, is that the real terrorists and traitors remain free, and protected even, by no less than the US government itself. Posada Carilles, after his unjust release from US custody, walks freely in the streets of the United States, despite clear and convincing proof that it was he who had masterminded the murder of all the passengers and crew in that fateful Cubana plane bombing in 1976.

 

Such an unjust policy on the Cuban Five had always been expected from the US government, which stands responsible for bloody military aggression against the Cuban people and other freedom-loving peoples of the world, and for condemning to decades of suffering the Cuban people in its political and economic blockade of the Republic of Cuba.

 

Nonetheless, international solidarity has been growing to secure the release of the Cuban Five and their return to Cuba, without any preconditions such as that imposed on Rene Gonzales. In the Philippines, AMISTAD and its Free the Cuban 5 Committee had been organizing forums and other activities to drumbeat support for the Cuban Five and press the US government to end the injustice being inflicted on the Cuban Five.

 

We demand the unconditional release of the Cuban Five by the Obama administration, and their immediate repatriation to Cuba! Repatriate Rene Gonzalez to Cuba now!

 

October 18, 2011

 

Statement on the further injustice against Rene Gonzalez and the Cuban Five

Statement on the further injustice against Rene Gonzalez and the Cuban Five

Rene Gonzalez will only be free when he returns to Cuba

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International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5
RENE GONZALEZ WILL ONLY BE FREE WHEN HE RETURNS TO CUBA
After 13 long years of injustice, Rene Gonzalez, one of the Five Cuban anti terrorist fighters, was released early this morning from the Marianna prison in Florida.This is a step towards his freedom but he still is being denied the embrace of his wife Olga Salanueva.And he will not be able to be received by the people of Cuba who love him and are demanding his immediate and complete freedom along with his four brothers.

As if 13 years was not enough, now the US government is heaping an additional punishment on Rene and his family by ordering him to serve 3 more years of supervised probation in the US. This is not only inhumane but puts Rene’s life in serious danger.

The US government from now on will be responsible for anything that happens to Rene.

We have to ask Obama to identify and put a restrainer order on terrorist groups and individuals who operate freely in Miami so that they cannot come near Rene. After all part of Judge Lenard’s conditions for his release was that Rene could not associate, or be in the vicinity of terrorists; the very people he was monitoring. During Rene’s “supervised” probation the question has to be who will be supervising the terrorists?

One of the excuses being used to keep Rene Gonzalez in the US is that he could be a danger to the United States. They could remedy that easily by sending him home. This morning Olga summed up how ridiculous this argument is by saying. “If they say that he is a danger to that society what is the reason to keep him there?”

Now is the time to focus our efforts to move the sky and the earth to demand that Obama immediately release Rene Gonzalez to his family and his homeland.

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5To learn more about the Cuban 5 visit: www.thecuban5.org


THE CUBAN FIVE : WE DEMAND THEIR FREEDOM !

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National Committee To Free The Cuban Five

On the 13th Anniversary of the unjust arrest of the Cuban Five:
We demand their freedom!

Today marks the beginning of the 13th year of the unjust imprisonment of five heroic men, five men who risked their lives to protect their country from acts of terrorism, five men who were wrongly accused and unjustly convicted. Gerardo Hernández, René González, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero, and Ramón Labañino – the Cuban Five. We in the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, along with hundreds of other committees and thousands of activists around the world, have been working since the day of their conviction to reverse that injustice and see the Five returned to their homes and their loved ones in Cuba, and we will continue those efforts until they are free.

This morning we held a press conference, which allowed the media access to attorneys for the Five – Richard Klugh, co-counsel for Gerardo, William M. Norris, attorney for Ramón, and Phil Horowitz, attorney for René. Gerardo and Ramón (as well as Fernando and Antonio) are in the process of filing appeals, and their attorneys discussed those appeals, which are based in part on the work done by the Committee and others in uncovering secret payments from the U.S. government to Miami journalists covering the trial of the Five.

René’s sentence ends on Oct. 7 and he will at long last be free, even while his brothers remain in jail. His attorney explained how he has filed a motion for René to be allowed to serve his three years’ probation in Cuba, but the government has opposed that motion and is currently demanding that René serve his probation in Florida, where he has no family. You can listen to the entire press conference by clicking the link below.

Ramón, Antonio, and Gerardo have all sent messages to their supporters on this day; you can read them by clicking the link below.

Soon we will be placing a full-page ad in the Washington Post, urging President Obama to use his power to immediately end the injustice and free the Five – all of them. This ad has been made possible by generous contributions from supporters around the world. If you haven’t contributed yet, and would like to help us with this important effort at raising public awareness of the case, please click the link below to contribute. We very much appreciate your support.

The struggle continues until the Five are free!
MP3 audio of press conference
Messages from the Five

Contribute to the Washington Post ad
Contact us: info@freethefive.org
Or call: 415-821-6545
Web: http://www.freethefive.org
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Allow the families’ visits!
Grant entry visas to
Adriana Pérez and Olga Salanueva!

America Clamors for Freedom for the Cuban Five

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Social movements around the Americas stepped up actions to free five Cubans who have been unjustly held in US prisons for 13 years for their work to stop terrorist attacks against Cuba, being carried out by radical anti-Cuban factions based in the United States.

Canadian solidarity groups met in Lanaudiere, Quebec during the Alternatives 2011-Quebec Gathering 10 years later: Anti-neoliberal Revolutions with the participation of the Social Movements of the Americas. Participants agreed to be present at the launching of the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States (CELAC) that will take place December 3, 2011.

The new entity will bring together all Latin American and Caribbean countries with the purpose of promoting political dialogue and cooperation for development. CELAC will include the 33 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The organization is defined by Argentine diplomacy as an initiative to address and coordinate the different integration processes and regional development policies. The different organizations participating in CELAC include Mercosur, Aladi, Sela, Caricom and Sica.

James Cockcroft, from the Quebec Citizens Committee 10 years after, told Juventud Rebelde via internet that during the event that took place from August 19 to 21 several important resolutions and agreements were signed to boost citizen struggles to carry out during the second decade of the 21st century.

Cockcroft said that it is time to put an end to the unjust imprisonment of Gerardo Hernández, Ramon Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González, also known as the Cuban Five. The Cuban Five — Gerardo Hernández, Ramon Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and René González— were given harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to double consecutive life terms plus 15 years in a trial plagued with irregularities and held in a highly biased Miami court.

The five Cubans were working to uncover information about terrorist activities being planned and carried out against Cuba by ultra-rightwing organizations based in southern Florida with a long record of terrorist actions against Cuba and the Cuban people. When they turned their information over to authorities they were arrested and have been in jail ever since.

In May 2005, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention adopted an opinion on the case in which it concluded that US government had failed to guarantee the Cuban five a fair trial under Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty the USA has ratified.

Amnesty International released a special report on the case of the Cuban Five in 2008. The report states that “having reviewed the case extensively over a number of years, [Amnesty International] believes that there are serious doubts about the fairness and impartiality of their trial which have not been resolved on appeal.

The Cuban Five have also received wide-reaching international support of other organizations and individuals. The petition for a Writ of Certiorari (leave to appeal) to the US Supreme Court was supported by amicus curiae briefs submitted on behalf of numerous organizations and individuals, including 10 Nobel prize winners, the bar associations of various countries and other legal bodies, including the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen, the International Federation of Human Rights and the National Jury Project offices of California, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. Most of the amicus briefs focused their concerns on the right of criminal defendants to an impartial jury and the prejudicial impact of the trial venue in this regard. Several of the briefs made specific mention of the operation of anti-Cuba groups in Miami in the decade before the trial and the numerous hostile actions and attacks on individuals and organizations seen as pro-Cuban, and to pressures experienced by members of the jury at certain points during the proceedings.

During the Alternatives 2011-Quebec Gathering 10 years later: Anti-neoliberal Revolutions gathering, participants also agreed to attend the Rio+20 Summit to promote actions agreed upon 20 years ago at the Earth Summit in Brazil; and to participate in 2015 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in celebrations for a decade after defeating the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement (FTAA).

The group of social organizations also emphasized the importance of adding their voices to those who demand an end of the US blockade of Cuba and that Cuba be taken off the US list of so-called terrorist countries, and to promote the world campaign to gather signature in favor of the liberation of the Cuban Five.