Miami Five Family members to visit Britain

Campaign News | Thursday, 8 September 2005

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London, 8 Sept: Olga Salanueva, the wife of Rene Gonzalez, and his 7-year-old daughter Ivette will be visiting the UK between November 29th and 6th December 2005.

The tour, hosted by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, will include meetings at the House of Commons with MPs, and at the Scottish Parliament with MSPs.

Olga and Ivette will also meet with lawyers and trade unionists interested in the case as well as addressing major public meetings in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

The visit comes at a critical time for the campaign to Free the Five. On August 9th the three judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned their convictions and ordered a retrial on the grounds that they could not have received a fair trial in Miami.

The international solidarity movement is now demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the Five and for visiting rights for the families. The repeated denial of a visa for Olga Salanueva by the US authorities means that Rene's daughter Ivette also has been denied the right to see her father, something enshrined in Article 9 of the UN Declaration of Children's Rights.

Geoff Bottoms, Chair of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign Miami Five Committee, said

"We are honoured to be welcoming Olga and Ivette back to Britain. The campaign to free the Five Cuban heroes is integral to the struggle for a just and better world"

For all information on the tour please contact CSC Director, Rob Miller

Five hero writes letter of thanks to all in CSC

Cuban Five hero Gerardo Hernandez has written a letter to Father Geoff Bottoms thanking the CSC for all its efforts in helping to secure the judges' ruling that their conviction was insafe.

On August 9, the Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Atlanta declared null and void the decision passed in Miami which had condemned Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, René González Sehwerert, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort for infiltrating the extremist Cuban American groups in the south of Florida in order to obtain information about terrorist activities directed against Cuba.

The letter is reproduced in full here below:

Dear Fr Bottoms,

Congratulations to you and to all our friends in the UK! This important victory has been possible thanks to the support and solidarity of all our brothers and sisters around the world, and the brave people of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign have played a continual and very important role in this movement. Thank you all once again!

We are very happy and also ready to continue our struggle for justice. The retrial is not the most reasonable option for the US government, but I don't expect anything reasonable from them, so I think we are going to have another trial, and can assure you that this time it is going to be very different.

On behalf of my family, and especially from my mother and Adriana, I send a very warm embrace to you, and the regards of the Five also to all our friends.



USP Victorville, California

August 31st 2005.

Voices for justice: Petition on behalf of the Five growing fast

Havana 3rd Sept: ANOTHER Nobel Prize winner, Portuguese writer José Saramago, added his signature to an Open Letter to the U.S. Attorney General, which more than 1,500 artists, scientists, journalists and political and social activists from all over the world have signed, demanding the immediate release of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters imprisoned in the United States in spite of the annulment of the Miami trial that convicted and sentenced them.

The document, made public on Tuesday in Havana, has received considerable coverage internationally, including in U.S. newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Houston Chronicle, El Diario-La Prensa, and Voz de las Américas, as well as the Univisión television network, highlighting support for the letter from prestigious intellectuals around the world.

Excerpts of the letter have been published or broadcast in the Argentine dailies Página 12 and Clarín; Chile’s Crónica Digital; Venezuela’s El Tiempo and Venezolana de Televisión; the UK’s BBC; and Mexico’s El Universal.

In the United States, academic and social activist Angela Davis signed the letter a few hours before it was publicized. Her signature has great symbolic value, given that three decades ago, she suffered the same types of humiliation as the Five are undergoing in U.S. prisons. A few months ago in Berlin, Davis stated that “fighting for the freedom of the Five is fighting against terrorism in the world.”

As the document’s existence becomes known, other intellectuals have added their voices. These include well-known Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles, director of Motorcycle Diaries; popular Puerto Rican singer Andy Montañez; dancer and cultural advocate Julie Belafonte of the United States, and outstanding Argentine novelist Luisa Valenzuela.

Open Letter to

The Attorney General of the United States of America

Mr. Alberto Gonzales

Attorney General of the United States of America

According to the information supplied by the International Press, on August 9, 2005, the Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Atlanta declared null and void the decision passed in Miami which had condemned Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, René González Sehwerert, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort for infiltrating the extremist Cuban American groups in the south of Florida in order to obtain information about terrorist activities directed against Cuba. Their prison sentences have already been declared illegal by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations.

For the past seven years, these five young men have been held in maximum security prisons; they have been held incommunicado in isolated cells for long periods of time and two of them have been denied the right to receive family visits.

At this present time, considering the nullification of the sentence, nothing justifies their incarceration. This arbitrary situation which is extremely painful for them and their families, cannot be allowed to continue. We, who have signed below, are demanding their immediate liberation.

Signed by:

Wole Soyinka, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nadine Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú, Noam Chomsky, Oscar Niemeyer, Mario Benedetti, Harry Belafonte, Pablo González Casanova, Ernesto Cardenal, Thiago de Mello, Danny Glover, Eduardo Galeano, Alice Walker, Manu Chao, Atilio Borón, Francois Houtart, Ignacio Ramonet, Luis Sepúlveda, Tariq Ali, Ramsey Clark, Gianni Miná, Frei Betto, Miguel Bonasso, Howard Zinn, Jorge Sanjinés, Rusell Banks, Alfonso Sastre, León Rozitchner, Gianni Vattimo, Belén Gopegui, Jorge Enrique Adoum, Tato Pavlovsky, Pascual Serrano, Juan Mari Brás, James Petras, Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez, Silvia Iparraguirre, Abelardo Castillo, Volodia Teitelboim, Rosa Regás, Ramón Chao, Salim Lamrani, Daniel Ortega, Michel Collon, Eric Toussaint, Emir Sader, Ariel Dorfman, Saul Landau, Theotonio dos Santos, Istvan Mestzaros, Victor Flores Olea, Walter Tournier, Silvio Rodríguez, Daniel Viglietti, Victor Heredia, Pablo Milanés, Beth Carvalho, Danny Rivera, Fernando Morais, Keith Ellis, Alicia Alonso, Hebe de Bonafini, Raúl Zurita, James Cockcroft, Giulio Girardi, Paulo Lins, Juan Bañuelos, Marco Martos, Rémy Herrera, Carlo Frabetti, Hernando Calvo Ospina, James Early, Wim Dierckxsens, Joseph Mulligan, Fernando Birri, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Martin Almada, Eusebio Leal Spengler, Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Cintio Vitier, Fina García Marruz, Marcos Roitman, Georges Labica, Heinz Dieterich, Pierre Kalfon, Roy Brown, Chiqui Vicioso, Andrés Sorel, Jorge Ruffinelli, Graziella Pogolotti, Richard Gott, Alfredo Guevara, Oscar González, Lisandro Otero, Domenico Losurdo, Eva Forest, Luis Britto, Isabel Parra, Victor Victor, Frank Fernández, Constantino Bértolo, Julio García Espinosa, Luciano Vasapollo, Omara Portuondo, Hildebrando Pérez Grande, Schafik Handall, Andy Spahn, Miguel Barnet, Henri Alleg, Roberto Fabelo, Ann Sparanese, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Vicente Feliú, Jane Franklin, Tomás Borge, Tony Word, Gaspar Llamazares, Nora de Izcue, Alex Cox, Edgardo Lander, Coriún Aharonián, Noel Colón Martínez, Leo Brower, Faheem Hussain, Paul-Emile Dupret, Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe, Carlos Gallisá, Raúl Pérez Torres, Osvaldo Martínez, Claribel Alegria, Raúl Suaréz, Robert R. 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