Just out: New report into the International Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Cuban Five

report on inquiry into the case of the cuban fiveThe report of the proceedings of the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban (Miami) Five, held at the Law Society in London in March 2014, is now available in a new publication.

Sara ChandlerElizabeth WoodcraftThe two Commission Coordinators, Sara Chandler (photo left), chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee and leading barrister Elizabeth Woodcraft (photo right) launched the report at a packed meeting at the House of Commons in London on 10 September, hosted by Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn and Baroness Angela Smith.

Olga Salanueva, wife of René González, the featured speaker at the London meeting, recounted the latest visa denial by the British Government banning her husband from entering the country.

In a 44-page magazine format, written in English and Spanish, the outstanding success of the Commission and its associated events is recorded. It presents the concluding statements of the three presiding judges Yogesh Sabharwal, Zak Yacoob, and Philippe Texier, who, after hearing two days of testimony from witnesses, called upon President Barack Obama to grant “unconditional pardons” to the Five and to release “immediately and unconditionally” the three who remain in prison.

“This report will help impress upon the US authorities that legal opinion amongst some of the world’s most distinguished judges considers that the only just resolution of our case is for a complete and unconditional release of our three brothers remaining in prison,” said René González, first of Cuban Five to be released Continue reading

Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism? Yes you can!

Source:  Imprisoned for fighting terrorism  Counterpunch.org

The Cuban Five are Not Alone

by Gloria La Riva

gloria la riva 1Can you be imprisoned for fighting terrorism?

Yes, if you fight terrorism in Miami.

Today marks 16 years that five Cuban men known as the Cuban Five have endured prison — 5,840 days — precisely for having fought terrorism in Miami.

The reason is, the terrorism the Cuban Five were fighting against has been supported and financed by the U.S. government, through the CIA and other means.

The Cuban Five were prosecuted by the U.S. government and convicted on espionage conspiracy charges, but their real “crime” was working to uncover and thwart terrorist plots of Cuban-American paramilitary organizations based in Miami.

In the name of fighting terrorism, the U.S. government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in wars and occupations since 9/11.

But Washington should arrest and prosecute Cuban-American extremists in Miami who have carried out hundreds of terrorist attacks against Cuba.

Washington should immediately free the Cuban Five

And it should immediately free the Cuban Five, who took on the incredible mission of infiltrating those dangerous and deadly organizations in order to disrupt their armed attacks and save lives.

Cuban Five Three left to goLong before the crime of 9/11, the Cuban people experienced the scourge of terrorism.

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WHO to Raul Castro: Thank you, Cuba is the first to respond to our call to fight Ebola in West Africa

Sept 11 2014

margaretchan y roberto moralesGiven the history of Cuban international collaboration, particularly in the health field, we have been asked to join the group of countries that will give initial response to an urgent call against Ebola in Africa, said Cuban Health Minister Roberto Morales after a meeting in Geneva with World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan.

Minister Morales visited Geneva in response to a call by the World Health Organization and the United Nations to fight Ebola, according to PL news agency.

2500 Cuban doctors in 32 African nations

At present, Cuban health workers, including over 2 500 doctors, are offering their services in 32 African countries, said Morales and added that Ebola must be fought in a comprehensive manner, under the coordination of the World Health Organization, to achieve a significant impact on the affected regions.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the worst ever in the world so far with nearly 4 thousand cases and over 2 thousand deaths.

We need to learn from the Cuban experience in the treatment of emergency cases

During a working session, Margaret Chan expressed the need to learn from the Cuban experience in the treatment of emergency cases and thanked President Raul Castro because Cuba has been the first country to respond to the UN and the WHO call to fight Ebola in Western Africa.

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Ban Ki-moon Calls Raul Castro, Requests More Intl Aid to Stop Ebola

Source:  The Health Site

ban-ki-moonUN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has called leaders of some countries and organisations to urge more support in the fight against the deadly Ebola, a spokesman said here Monday. ‘He spoke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Cuban President Raul Castro and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy,’ Xinhua quoted UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric as saying at a daily news briefing.

Cuba's President Raul Castro addresses the audience during the closing ceremony of Cuban communist congress in HavanaBan also spoke to the International President of Medecins sans Frontieres, Joanne Liu (photo below), thanking the independent medical organisation for its hard work and discussing how the international community can further support its efforts in West Africa, Dujarric said. ‘The secretary-general, in his calls to the world leaders, welcomed their support and underscored the urgent need to increase the support, including the need for more medical teams, transportation and funding to help communities affected by the Continue reading

Cuba: Friendship Medal Given to Renowned Jamaican Intellectual

Ellis received the Friendship Medal from the hands of Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Fernando González Llort. Photo: Mailín Guerrero Ocaña

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The Jamaican intellectual Keith Ellis was awarded the Friendship Medal awarded by the State Council of the Republic of Cuba in recognition of his trust, dedication and solidarity with our nation

The award was imposed by the Hero of the Republic of Cuba and vice president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), Fernando González Llort.

keith-TorontoMoncadaDay-04Ellis, Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto and Emeritus Professor at the University of Havana, has been an integral part of the Movement of Solidarity with Cuba in Canada and tireless fighter for the liberation of our five heroes.

In his acceptance speech, he praised the integrity of the character of the Five to assume the mission to live among the most abominable terrorists.

The Cuban Revolution has shown that culture is an element forming a suitable Continue reading

St. Lucia: Shouting for Freedom from the top of the mountain

“Arriving at the top of this volcanic sculpture, we read about the lives of our heroes and spoke about their release and return to Cuba.  The Five Cuban Heroes have carved out and left for history to recall an unforgettable page of sacrifice along with dozens of pictures and memories.”

atop gros piton 2On Saturday, September 6, members of the Cuban Medical Brigade in Santa Lucia, along with the Cuban Diplomatic Mission, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and St Lucian friends participated in a day of celebration as part of the campaign for the release of our Five Heroes unjustly imprisoned by the American empire.

atop gros piton 3The main activity for the day was the climbing of the Gros Piton in Soufriere which was Continue reading

Tsunami of Messages for the Cuban Five Flood the White House

white houseThousands of messages arrived at the White House on Friday, demanding the release of the three anti-terrorist Cubans still held in U.S. prisons.

Supporters of the cause of Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero, Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez, internationally known as the Cuban Five, are sending their requests to President Barack Obama as an international solidarity action that takes place on the 5th day each month.

Cuban Five Three left to goThe initiative, which is being promoted by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Five, reiterates the demand for justice and urges the White House to return Hernandez, Labanino and Guerrero back to Cuba.

The three Cubans still imprisoned, along with Rene Gonzalez and Fernando Gonzalez — already in Cuba after serving their prison sentences — monitored Florida-based violent organizations that planned terrorist actions against the Cuban people. They were submitted to a biased Miami trial that handed down extremely long an unfair sentences in 2001.

prof felix kuryThe campaign has been joined by renowned personalities, such as Professor Felix Kury, from the University of San Francisco, California, who wrote Obama a letter urging him to use his signature and power to release the three Cuban anti-terrorist fighters.

The current international campaign for the release of Hernandez, Labanino and Guerrero will run until October 6th with actions in over 40 nations of the world.

Source: Radio Havana Cuba