[Ppnews] Emergency Appeal for Gerardo Hernandez

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Fri Jul 30 10:26:51 EDT 2010

For Over A Week Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo Has Been Held In The Hole 
At Victorville Prison Without Committing Any Infraction

Once Again the US government has imposed another cruel punishment 
against Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban 5 imprisoned in the US 
for fighting against terrorism.

On July 21st, without committing any infraction, Gerardo was taken to 
the hole. The hole is an inhumane windowless space of 7 x 3 feet 
reserved for prisoners who the prison authorities, for what ever 
reason, want to isolate. Gerardo is sharing this small space with 
another prisoner and there is very little ventilation because the air 
comes from just a small vent on the top of a wall. Temperatures in 
Victorville are running as high as 105 degrees now and in the space 
of this tiny cell it is around 95 degrees. He is not allowed to take 
a shower and is being taken outside in a cage only one hour every 
other day. Gerardo has been seen by his sister Isabel through a glass 
with a phone.

Although Gerardo is still young, 12 years of living in high security 
penitentiaries is taking its toll and recently Gerardo began 
experiencing some health issues including high blood pressure.  In 
April he requested a medical appointment and finally on July 20, 
three months later, he was seen by a doctor. Currently there is a 
bacterium that is circulating through the prison with some of those 
cases being serious. The doctor had prescribed a blood test for 
Gerardo but instead of receiving that he was abruptly taken to the 
hole the next day.

This new harassment against Gerardo takes place at a critical time 
when he is preparing his Habeas Corpus presented to the courts in 
June. It is alarming that this is the third time that Gerardo has 
found himself in the hole while preparing for an appeal.

The violations against Gerardo are endless and it has to stop 
immediately. During 12 years he has been denied the basic right to 
receive visits from his wife Adriana.  Gerardo like his four brothers 
is innocent and the United States knows that his only crime was to 
defend his country against terrorist attacks.

Instead of freeing them and sending them back to their homeland and 
their families, as has been demanded by the Cuban people, 10 Nobel 
Prize and thousands of people from all over the world, the Obama 
Administration has picked up where Bush left off by punishing Gerardo 
at every turn.

Along with the Cuban people and the international community we hold 
the US government responsible for the life and physical integrity of Gerardo.

It is very important for every supporter of the Cuban Five and all 
justice loving people who receive this message to call, fax, mail or 
e-mail immediately to the  numbers and addresses below to demand that 
Gerardo be:
Returned immediately to the general population Receive urgent medical 
attention Allowed visits by his wife Adriana Perez Given space and 
respect as he prepares for his appeal
US State Department
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Phone Number: 1-202-647-4000

Fax Number: 1-202-647-2283

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Harley G. Lappin
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC  20534
Phone Number: 202-307-3198.

E-mail: <mailto:info at bop.gov>info at bop.gov

President Barack Obama

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone Number: 202-456-1111

Fax Number: 202-456-2461.


US Justice Department
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Phone Number: 202-514-2000
Comment Line: 202-353-1555
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  International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5

Stay tuned to our website with latest development on the case: 

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522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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