European MPs sent a letter to John Kerry calling for the release and return to Cuba of the Cuban Five

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Dear friends,
responding to our call, 21 MEPs signed a letter to Kerry and handed it over during his visit to Brussels. You will find the letter below. You can use it to convince your national or regional deputies to do the same! It would be very useful to carry copies of these letters to the 5 Day’s in Washington DC, at the end of next month. That’s why we ask you to send copies of the letters that you have managed to achieve to free-the-five@cubanismo.net,

Press release of the Cuban embassy to the EU:

MEPs sent today a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the release and return to Cuba of the Cuban Five, imprisoned in the United States

Belgium, April 23th.

Twenty-one MEPs of the GUE/NGL parliamentary group, headed by the president of the group, Gabriele Zimmer (Die Linke, Germany) and the coordinator for foreign affairs of the group, Willy Meyer (Izquierda Unida, Spain), took advantage of the visit to Brussels of the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Today the MEPs sent a letter to John Kerry, requesting the release and return to Cuba of the Cuban Five, imprisoned in the United States.

In the letter, the MEPs denounce the harsh conditions of imprisonment of these five men and the violations of their rights, as the denial of visas to some of their relatives, as well as numerous legal irregularities in the case.

The letter points out that in 2005 the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the UN made a warning about the arbitrariness of the case and called for a review of the judicial process.

According to MEP Willy Meyer, Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, the second term of President Obama is “the opportunity to meet the promises in his first term, including the immediate shut-down of the inhumane prison in Guantánamo and the return of this territory to Cuba, and to finally redirect the US policy toward Latin America: putting an end to the unjust and illegal blockade against the island and using his prerogative as president to pardon the five Cubans unjustly imprisoned for collecting information to prevent terrorist acts.”

The letter was signed by twenty-one MEPs from ten member countries of the European Union: Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, France, Cyprus, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Free the Five coordination Europe
free-the-five@cubanismo.net,
Haachtsesteenweg 53 Chaussée de Haecht
Brussel Bruxelles 1210
Belgium

Brussels, February 2013.
To Mr. John Kerry
Secretary of State of the USA
Dear Mister Kerry,
Let us congratulate you for your new appointment as Secretary of State. We know that you are in
favor of a better relationship between the United States and Cuba.
From our position as a Member of the European Parliament we would like to share our concern about
the case of the so-called Cuban Five. This is about Gerardo Hernández, Ramon Labañino, Antonio
Guerrero, Fernando González en Rene González. Four of these men are still in federal prisons in the
US. Rene González has finished his sentence but he has to remain in Miami for the three years of his
parole. The wives of René González and Gerardo Hernández have repeatedly been denied visas for
the US, which means they have not been able to practice their visitation rights on regular bases.
Right now there is a Habeas Corpus procedure running for every one of the Cuban Five based on new
evidence that the United States government at the time, through the Office of Cuban Broadcasting,
paid several journalists to put the Five in a negative light, during the time of the court proceedings. The
defense points to the fact that the evidence is important enough to set aside the conviction.
The Cuban Five were gathering information about plans for terrorist attacks on their country, set up by
organizations based in Miami, FL, and passing it on to their government. They were not armed and
they did not do any harm to anybody. They were arrested on September 12, 1998 in Miami, where
they were sentenced to long prison terms. During the court proceedings a number of irregularities took
place, some of which were connected to the charges.
In 2005 the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions characterized U.S. judicial processes in the
case as “arbitrary” and called for remediation. In 2006, Amnesty International urged the US
government to allow visiting rights for the prisoners’ wives. Ten Nobel Prize winners and thousands of
politicians, intellectuals, and concerned citizens worldwide have called for the prisoners’ release.
Hundreds of delegates from at least 20 national parliaments, from the European Parliament and other
regional parliaments have joined in. Amnesty International on October 4, 2010 appealed to the U.S.
government to implement a clemency process.
The case of the Cuban Five has been dragging on for over 14 years and urgently needs to be solved.
You have recently signed a letter directed to the Cuban President Raúl Castro to request the release
of US government subcontractor Alan Gross, on humanitarian grounds. Perhaps in the context of an
effort for better relations between the US and Cuba a prisoner exchange could be possible. This way
there can be an end to the suffering of the families of the five Cubans and of Alan Gross.
We ask you to give attention to the case of the Cuban Five and to strive for a speedy solution.
Yours sincerely,
List of signatories letter to Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State of the USA
Willy MEYER, MEP GUE/NGL
Gabriele ZIMMER, MEP Chair of GUE/NGL
Inês ZÛBER, MEP GUE/NGL
Joao FERREIRA, MEP GUE/NGL
Nikolaos CHOUNTIS, MEP GUE/NGL
Sabine LÖSING, GUE/NGL MEP
Miloslav RANSDORF, GUE/NGL MEP
Jacky HENIN, GUE/NGL MEP
Sabine WILS, GUE/NGL MEP
Jiri MASTALKA, GUE/NGL MEP
Kyriacos TRIANTAPYLLIDES, GUE/NGL MEP
Soren SONDERGAARD, GUE/NGL MEP
Mikael GUSTAFSSON, GUE/NGL MEP
Helmut SCHOLZ, GUE/NGL MEP
Jean-Luc MELENCHON, GUE/NGL MEP
Cornelia ERNST, GUE/NGL MEP
Kartika LIOTARD, GUE/NGL MEP
Patrick LE HYARIC, GUE/NGL MEP
Marie-Christine VERGIAT, GUE/NGL MEP
Lothar BISKY, GUE/NGL MEP
Vladimír REMEK, GUE/NGL MEP
List of signatories letter to Mr. John Kerry, Secretary of State of the USA

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