World personalities demand Cuban Five’s right to family visits

Campaign News | Wednesday, 16 July 2008

The International Committee of Solidarity with five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States urged on Tuesday the US State Department to grant visas to

Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva, wives of Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez - two of the Cuban Five, as these five men are internationally


During a press conference in Havana, Graciela Ramirez, President of the Committee, denounced that the US Government obstructs the family visits of the Cuban Five, in a clear violation of US and international laws, which establish this kind of visits on a monthly basis.

Olga and Adriana have been denied visas on eight occasions and the last time this happened was last September 12, 2007, nine years after the

imprisonment of Gerardo, Rene, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez, who had infiltrated anti-Cuba extremist groups in

South Florida that were organizing and carrying out terrorist actions against Cuba.

As part of an ongoing international campaign for the release of the Cuban Five, an International Commission for the Right to Family Visits

is sending cards with the pictures of these two couples to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice so that both women are granted visas to visit

their husbands.

The Commission is comprised of over 100 personalities from 27 countries, including Nobel laureates such as Rigoberta Menchu and Adolfo Perez Esquivel as well as France’s former First Lady Danielle Mitterrand.

This international campaign includes actions in 15 cities of 12 American states and in countries such as Germany, Peru, Italy and Switzerland,

among others.

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