On December 10 International Day of Human Rights, Lets raise our voices for the heroes: 5 DAYS FOR THE 5
Delegates from Latin America and Europe who were present at the VI International Colloquium for the Freedom of the 5 Heroes and Against Terrorism, in Holguin, proposed to put in place an immediate plan of action for December 10, International Day of Human Rights.
The significance of this day is that on December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and established that day as the International Day on Human Rights.
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Urgent Call for World Solidarity with the Cuban Five
Source: Cuban News Agency (ACN), 23 November 2010.
HAVANA, Cuba - Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist unjustly imprisoned in the United States since 1998 for trying to prevent terrorist actions against Cuba, made a call to strengthen international solidarity for the freedom of these men. Salanueva pointed out, at the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba, that nowadays the support of friends from all over the world is the only possible way to have these five antiterrorists —internationally known as the Cuban Five— back in Cuba.
She recalled the influence of the international public opinion last year during the re-sentencing process of Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero, when the prosecution acknowledged before the judge the need to change their sentences to avoid further discredit to the court’s image. Rene’s wife also explained that they are trying to take the case of Gerardo Hernandez under review and to present new evidence to the same authorities that condemned him in 2001, so as to prove that he had an unjust and biased trial in Miami.
Salanueva mentioned the fierce smear campaign against the Cuban Five led by the media in Miami, labelling them as spies and enemies, which brought about prejudice among the local community from which the members of the jury were later chosen. During the meeting, a letter addressed to US President Barack Obama demanding the release of the Cuban Five, was read. Also present in the meeting were Fernando Gonzalez’s mother, Magalis Llort, and sister, Lourdes Gonzalez, as well as members of the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba and other guests.