[Ppnews] UN High Commissioner Backs Cuban Five Case

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Thu Feb 28 12:47:14 EST 2013

UN High Commissioner Backs Cuban Five Case


HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 28 (acn) The United Nations High Commissioner for 
Human Rights Navanethem Pillay expressed her support of actions in favor 
of the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the United States and 
said she would do her best to find a solution to the case.

Pillay received the spouses of Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, Olga 
Salanueva and Adriana Perez for the third yearly occasion in Geneva.

Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, along Antonio Guerrero, Fernando 
Gonzalez and Ramon Labanino, known as the Cuban Five, were given 
extremely long sentences by a Miami court in 2001 after they monitored 
Florida-based violent organizations that planned terrorist actions 
against Cuba.

Rene Gonzalez, is currently under probation in US territory after having 
met a 13-year prison term.
During the meeting with the High Commissioner, Olga Salanueva said the 
probation imposed on her husband is absurd since he is denied to return 
to his country with his family.

The two women stressed the importance that the United Nations intercedes 
in favor of reaching definitive solution to the Cuban Five case.

They also asked for the UN official to help in getting a visa for them 
so that they can visit their husbands in the United States.

The UN High Commissioner admitted that the visa denial by US authorities 
is a violation of human rights, which should have not been used as an 
extra punishment.

Pillay expressed her support of the case and her intentions to do her 
best towards a solution, according to a release by the Cuban permanent 
mission in Geneva.
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