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Calls for Freedom of Cuban Five (English, French, & Spanish)

In the closing months of 2007 two new urgent Calls for the Freedom of the Cuban Five were issued from Canada. The one reproduced here in three languages resulted from the international conference "Breaking the Silence," and the other, directed to Canadians and available here in English, continued the momentum of that conference.

Honourable Members of Parliament,
Federal Parties of Canada,
Media Journalists and Intellectuals,
and All Honourable People Living in Canada

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING

SUBJECT: THE CUBAN FIVE versus U.S.-SPONSORED TERRORISM (the case of
Luis Posada Carriles)

Justice and peace, or violence and terrorism?

We would like to bring to your attention the injustice inflicted upon five young Cuban men -- Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino, Gerardo Hernández, René González and Fernando González -- incarcerated in U.S. prisons since Sept. 12, 1998. Their “crime”: monitoring and infiltrating U.S.-based terrorist organizations that have caused the deaths of 3,478 people and permanent injuries to thousands more on the island of Cuba (see attached resolutions passed by National Lawyers' Guild in the U.S. and the Law Union of Ontario).

One such self-confessed and convicted terrorist is Luis Posada Carriles who masterminded the blowing up of a Cubana airliner in mid-flight in 1976 which killed all 73 people aboard. This is just one of the many crimes that Posada Carriles and his partner, Orlando Bosch, have confessed to in interviews; and are documented in recently declassified Central Intelligence Agency documents (see attached testimonies and link to National Security Archives).

In an interview with New York Times in September 1998, Luis Posada Carriles admitted to having paid mercenaries to plant bombs in Havana hotels which caused the death of Fabio Di Celmo, an Italian resident of Montreal, in August 1997 (see attached testimony of Fabio Di Celmo's brother). The targeted hotels and restaurants are frequented by tourists from Canada.

How is it that the government of Canada sends the sons and daughters of this land to faraway places to supposedly fight terrorism but supports Luis Posada Carriles? The representative of Canada at the Organization of American States (OAS) summit in May 2007 helped to quash a resolution demanding the extradition of Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela to face justice and/or his being put on trial in the United States (see attached document for news coverage of OAS).

These two acknowledged terrorists, Luis Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch, are free in Miami; the same city where the Cuban Five were tried and given sentences ranging from 15 years to two life terms plus 17 years for reporting about impending violent attacks against Cuba and other nations (see attached statements by former U.S. Attorney General and by the former associate U.S. Attorney General).

That is why we call on all members of parliament, intellectuals, journalists and all who live in Canada to raise their voices and to right this wrong by demanding:

1) Immediate freedom for the Cuban Five, two of whom do not have visitation rights with their wives, and no exception is made, not even during the Christmas season (see attached links to statements issued by Mr. Kenneth V. Georgetti, President of CLC, by Mr. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to US General Colin Powell and documents signed by Nobel prize winners from all continents and other internationally recognized personalities).

2) Immediate extradition of Luis Posada Carriles to Venezuela to face justice, and/or his immediate arrest and trial in the United States for his crimes (see attached statement by National Security Archives Senior Analyst, Peter Kornbluh).

We trust that you and all fair-minded people, like tens upon tens of thousands of people around the world, will join us in this declaration in the spirit of justice and peace for humanity. We will be holding press conferences to disseminate this declaration and related information to inform everyone of the truth in order to expose this double standard at work in this case.

Now we have a choice and THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING: DEMAND FREEDOM FOR THE CUBAN FIVE and the EXTRADITION OF LUIS POSADA CARRILES TO VENEZUELA TO FACE JUSTICE

or

SUPPORT INJUSTICE AND THE HARBOURING OF TERRORISTS.

For more information please check: www.freethefive.org or www.antiterroristas.cu

Sincerely yours,

Morteza Gorgzadeh for Toronto Forum on Cuba torontoforumoncuba@rogers.com
December 10th, 2007
The Toronto Forum on Cuba is a member of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) www.canadiannetworkoncuba.ca . The CNC endorses this letter.

CALL FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE CUBAN FIVE

We, participants in the two-day conference held in Toronto, Canada, “BREAKING THE SILENCE: Solidarity Conference for the Cuban Five” issue this call to all people of good will who want a world of peace and justice:

· To increase the momentum developed in countless movements around the world to free Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando González, five Cuban anti-terrorist political prisoners incarcerated in the United States since 1998, whose only crime was to work to prevent planned terrorist acts of Miami-based, anti-Cuba groups responsible for nearly 3500 deaths and thousands of injuries in Cuba since 1959.

· To join together in an immediate response and a “Week of Free the Five” actions whenever the decision of the Atlanta federal appellate court is reached.

· To support the formation of an international commission for the rights of family visits to help secure U.S. visas for Adriana Perez and Olga Salanueva to visit their husbands who they have been prevented from seeing for nine years, and to issue timely visas to all family members. To distribute the “100 Women in Each City” petitions for women to sign demanding the right of family visits for Adriana and Olga.

· To demand the extradition to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles whose acts included the bombing of a Cubana civilian airliner that caused the death of all 73 people aboard in 1976.

· To call on the U.S. government to end its double standard on terrorism, to cease its plans to change the constitutional order of Cuba and to end the blockade.

· To pressure the Canadian government not to cooperate with U.S.-imposed “security” requests but rather to expand its bilateral relations and strengthen its independent foreign policy towards Cuba.

· To call for organizations all over the world to urge their elected officials (parliamentarians, mayors, etc.) to sign letters and petitions addressed to the U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Ambassadors and Ministers of Foreign Affairs to demand justice for the Five and their families.

· To join together in broadening the international campaign to free the Cuban Five, to incorporate more youth, to link with other social movements including movements in support of political prisoners, and to engage in more frequent actions to “break the silence” of the mass media on the rights of the Five and their families.

Issued and adopted on November 10, 2007 at: “BREAKING THE SILENCE : Solidarity Conference for the Cuban Five,” at Toronto, Canada, organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba, la Table de Concertation de Solidarité Québec-Cuba, and the National Network on Cuba (U.S.) and attended by hundreds of activists and prominent figures in the struggle for constitutional and human rights.

APPEL POUR LA LIBERTÉ DES CINQ CUBAINS
Nous, les participants et participantes à la conférence de solidarité "Rompre le Silence" sur les Cinq Cubains, tenue à Toronto au Canada émettons cet appel à toutes les personnes de conscience qui veulent un monde de paix et de justice afin :

- D'augmenter l'élan développé par les innombrables organisations dans le monde pour libérer Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero et Fernando González, cinq prisonniers politiques antiterroristes détenus aux Etats-Unis depuis 1998 dont le seul "crime" fut de travailler à prévenir les actes terroristes des groupes anti-cubains basés à Miami, responsables de la mort de près de 3500 personnes et de milliers de blessés à Cuba depuis 1959.

- De se mobiliser ensemble pour répondre immédiatement et d'organiser une "Semaine d'actions pour la liberté des Cinq Cubains" une fois la réponse de la cour d'appel d'Atlanta donnée.

- D'appuyer la formation d'une commission internationale pour le droit des visites des familles afin d'aider à l'obtention de visas étasuniens pour qu'Adriana Perez et Olga Salanueva puissent visiter leurs maris, ce qui leur a été refusé depuis neuf ans et pour que tous les membres des familles puissent obtenir des visas dans un délai raisonnable. De distribuer la pétition "100 Femmes par Ville" laquelle sera signée par des femmes exigeant le droit de visites familiales pour Adriana et Olga.

- D'exiger l'extradition vers la République bolivarienne du Venezuela du terroriste Luis Posada Carriles dont les actes incluent l'explosion de l'avion civil tuant 73 personnes en 1976 .

- D'exiger du gouvernement étasunien qu'il abandonne son double discours sur le terrorisme et mette fin à ses plans de changer l'ordre constitutionnel à Cuba et qu'il lève définitivement le Blocus.

- De faire pression sur le gouvernement du Canada pour qu'il n'accepte pas les impositions en matière de "sécurité" des Etats-Unis mais qu'il maintienne plutôt une position indépendante vis-à-vis de Cuba et renforce ses relations bilatérales.

- De faire appel à toutes les organisations dans le monde à chercher l'appui des élus de leurs pays (parlementaires, maires, etc.) et les inviter à signer des lettres et des pétitions adressées au procureur général des États-Unis, aux ambassadeurs étasuniens et à leurs ministres des affaires étrangères pour exiger justice pour les Cinq et leurs familles.

- De s'unir afin d'élargir la campagne internationale pour la libération des Cinq, d'y incorporer plus de jeunes, de créer des liens avec d'autres mouvements sociaux incluant ceux en appui à des prisonniers politiques, et d'accroître les efforts pour "rompre le silence" dans les médias sur les droits des Cinq et leurs familles.

Émis et adopté le 10 novembre 2007 à : "Rompre le Silence: Conférence de Solidarité avec les Cinq Cubains" à Toronto au Canada, organisée par le Réseau canadien de solidarité avec Cuba (CNC), la Table de Concertation de Solidarité Québec-Cuba (TCSQ-C) et le Réseau étasunien de solidarité avec Cuba (NNOC) à laquelle ont participé des centaines de militants et militantes et des personnalités engagées dans la bataille constitutionnelle et celle pour les droits humains.

LLAMAMIENTO POR LA LIBERTAD DE LOS CINCO

Nosotros, participantes en la conferencia de dos días que tuvo lugar en Toronto, Canadá, “ROMPIENDO EL SILENCIO: Conferencia de Solidaridad por los Cinco” hacemos este llamamiento a todas las personas de buena voluntad que deseen un mundo de paz y justicia.

• Incrementar el impulso desarrollado en los incontables movimientos en todo el mundo por libertar a Gerardo Hernández, René González, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero y Fernando González, cinco prisioneros políticos antiterroristas encarcelados en Estados Unidos desde 1998, cuyo crimen fue solamente trabajar para evitar los actos terroristas planificados por los grupos anti-cubanos radicados en la Florida que han causado en Cuba la muerte de cerca de 3500 personas y heridas a miles desde 1959.

• Unirse en una respuesta inmediata y una “Semana por la Libertad de los Cinco” en el momento que la Corte de Apelaciones de Atlanta emita una decisión.

• Apoyar la formación de una comisión internacional por el derecho a las visitas familiares para ayudar a garantizar que se les otorguen visas a Adriana Perez y Olga Salanueva para que visiten a sus esposos a quienes se les ha prohibido ver desde hace nueve años, y que se concedan las visas a tiempo a todos los familiares. Distribuir las peticiones de “100 Mujeres en cada Ciudad” para exigir el derecho a visitas familiares de Olga y Adriana.

• Exigir la extradición a la República Bolivariana de Venezuela del terrorista Luis Posada Carriles, cuyos actos incluyen el atentado a un avión civil de Cubana que causó la muerte de 73 personas en 1976.

• Hacer un llamado al gobierno de Estados Unidos a que ponga fin al doble estándar en la Guerra contra el terrorismo, a que cese sus planes para cambiar el orden constitucional de Cuba y ponga fin al bloqueo.

• Ejercer presión sobre el gobierno de Canadá para que no coopere con las medidas de seguridad impuestas por Estados Unidos, sino que por el contrario amplíe sus relaciones bilaterales y fortalezca su política exterior independiente hacia Cuba.

• Hacer un llamado a las organizaciones de todo el mundo a que insten a sus funcionarios electos (parlamentarios, alcaldes, etc.) a que firmen cartas y peticiones dirigidas al Fiscal General de Estados Unidos, a los Embajadores de Estados Unidos y a los Ministros de Relaciones Exteriores de sus países demandando justicia para los Cinco y sus familiares.

• Unirse con el objetivo de ampliar la campaña internacional por la libertad de los Cinco, incorporar a más jóvenes, unirse con otros movimientos sociales incluyendo los movimientos en apoyo a otros prisioneros políticos, y aumentar los esfuerzos para “romper el silencio” de los medios de comunicación masiva sobre los derechos de los Cinco y sus familiares.

Hecho público y adoptado el 10 de Noviembre de 2007 en : “Rompiendo el Silencio”: Conferencia de Solidaridad con los Cinco, en Toronto, Canadá, organizada por la Red Canadiense de Solidaridad con Cuba, la Mesa de Concertación de Solidaridad Quebec-Cuba y la Red Nacional de Solidaridad con Cuba (Estados Unidos) y en la que participaron cientos de activistas e importantes personalidades en las luchas por los derechos humanos y constitucionales.