Members of European Parliament Denied Permission to Visit Cuban Five
Campaign News | Monday, 23 July 2007
Havana, July 23 (acn) US authorities rejected a petition by members of the European Parliament to visit five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States.
The announcement was made by Willy Meyer, a member of the European Parliament representing Izquierda Unida (United Left), who described the decision as a violation of basic principles of justice according to a communiqué published by Europa Press news agency.
According to the text, "this is another unacceptable decision of the US authorities in regards to the case of the five Cuban prisoners who are suffering excessive and unjust sentences".
The document notes that it not only violates the basic human rights of the Cuban Five - as they are internationally known - but also the principles of international and humanitarian law.
As an excuse, Washington alleged that the deputies did not know the prisoners before their incarceration, which Meyer described as a decision that flies in the face of world public opinion.
Meyer added that this behavior only confirms the political nature of the incarceration of René González, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Fernando González.