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UN High Commissioner Updated on Case of Cuban 5

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, was informed on Friday about the situation of five Cuban antiterrorists held in U.S. prisons. Ambassador Rodolfo Reyes, Cuba’s permanent representative to the UN, sent a letter to Pillay about the case of Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, and Rene Gonzalez, known as the Cuban Five.

The five men have been held in U.S. prisons for the last 13 years, after an unjust, arbitrary trial full of legal violations and arbitrariness, soley for their efforts to prevent terrorist acts against Cuba.

According to Reyes, the letter also included other details, specifically regarding the case of Gerardo Hernandez, who is currently involved on a habeas corpus appeal.

Opinion No. 19/2005 of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention described the case of the Cuban Five as “arbitrary”, Reyes noted.

The Cuban ambassador also sent letters to various UN Human Rights Commission officials, including the special rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers; torture and other cruel treatment, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

(Prensa Latina)

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