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Amnesty International Declares to be in Favor of Cuban Five

Amnesty International (AI) issued a report which reflects serious concerns about the fairness of the trial of the five Cubans unjustly imprisoned in U.S. jails.

There are fears about serious injustices and a real concern that the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal, which violates Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, reads the report cited by Mexican news outlets.

AI questions how much access the defense lawyers had to evidence, and even the validity and soundness of these, so it calls on Washington to reconsider the case and take appropriate action to remedy such arbitrariness.

After discussing the matter in detail, the report concluded that the process was surrounded by anomalies and considered punishment that was imposed disproportionate.

The text was presented on Monday by Alfonso Anaya y Maricarmen Montes, from the Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Christian Service of Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean, along Daniel Zapico, from AI, and Peter Gellert, director of the Solidarity-with-Cuba Movement in Mexico.

Activists insist on reviewing the cause of Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Antonio Guerrero and René González, who are serving unjust sentences, for fulfilling the sacred patriotic duty to protect their nation from the activities of Florida-based terrorist groups.

In their opinion all the legal avenues in the case are not yet completely closed and they see as imperative the possibility of a pardon by the Barack Obama Administration.

As part of this campaign, Zapico announced during a press conference, a march of solidarity with Cuba on Tuesday in the Federal District, with the participation of over 100 social and civic organizations.

The mobilization, which will start from the floor dedicated to the independence hero Benito Juarez (the Benefactor) to the U.S. Embassy, aims to salute the 58 anniversary of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, reported La Jornada newspaper.



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  1. Simon McGuinness

    I can’t find any evidence on the Amnesty International website to support this report – can you post a link for me? Thanks.

  2. Walter Lippmann / Thisreportisincorrect

    This report is incorrect.

    AI in Mexico received a request from a Mexico organization calling for the
    release of the Five. AI has NOT issued a report calling for such a release.

    PL is incorrect.

    Nelson Valdes