Archive for March 11th, 2011

Cuba Denounces Injustice against the Five before the UN Human Rights Council

March 11, 2011

(acn) A message by the five Cuban antiterrorists
unjustly imprisoned in the United States since 1998 ––internationally
known as the Cuban Five— was read on Thursday before the UN Human Rights
Council (UNHRC) by Cuban ambassador Rodolfo Reyes Rodriguez.
   The message condemns the US Government’s hypocrite and manipulated
response to a verdict of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention,
which ruled that the arrest and conviction of Ramon Labañino, Rene
Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez, was
arbitrary.
   Addressing the UNHRC, Reyes explained that the delegation decided to
read the message by the Cuban Five for its significance to the Cuban
people and for all those who fight for justice and truth around the world.
   The Cuban diplomat pointed out that Gerardo, Antonio, Rene, Fernando
and Ramon, were arbitrarily incarcerated as stated by the UNHRC Working
Group in its Opinion 19/2005.
   According to the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry
(www.cubaminrex.cu), the message affirms that, year after year, the appeal
of the Cuban Five before the Council finds no answer.
   The head of the Cuban mission also expressed Cuba’s concerns regarding
the present threats to humanity, which had never been so serious.
   He added that worldwide hunger is growing at a rapid pace because food
products are used as items for financial speculation and others like
cereals are used to produce biofuels in rich countries. He also mentioned
that the inaction of the industrialized countries to face climate change
will bring about the disappearance of many countries under the sea.
   The message also states that the peoples’ right to peace is threatened
by some world powers that intimidate them with the use of military force
and nuclear weapons capable of destroying life on the Earth.

Cuba and Venezuela Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation against Media Smear Campaigns

March 11, 2011

(acn) Cuba’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ana Teresita Gonzalez and her Venezuelan counterpart for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jacqueline Mendoza, highlighted on Wednesday the achievements on bilateral cooperation to face media smear campaigns against the two nations, Prensa Latina news agency reports.
The Cuban diplomat spoke of the significance of the first of several meetings held with Venezuelan representatives in Caracas, regarding information and communications, considering that nowadays both countries are under the attack of the international mainstream media.
Gonzalez told Prensa Latina that the Cuban and Venezuelan realities are distorted and manipulated, and frequently ignored by the media.
She said that, during her stay in Caracas, she will carry out a wide program of visits and talks with representatives of the Venezuelan press and other institutions like the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Information.
Gonzalez, who offered a lecture on Tuesday on Cuba’s current policy at the Pedro Gual Institute of High Diplomatic Studies (IAEDPG), stated that both countries have to unite in the struggle against these kinds of media smear campaigns.
The Cuban official stressed the need to spread information on the benefits of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) and its potential in terms of economic and social integration.
The Venezuelan diplomat also insisted on the importance of getting together to face the systematic media attacks that aim at discrediting the social, economic and political achievements of both nations.
The head of the Office of Communication and Inter-institutional Relations of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Edgar Padron; and ALBA’s executive secretary Amenothep Zambrano, were also present in the meeting, held in the Casa Amarilla, the headquarters of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.


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