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Over 80 UK parliamentarians sign motion in support of the Cuban Five

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In an extraordinary show of solidarity over 80 MPs from all the political parties have signed a parliamentary motion in support of visitation rights for Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez.

The MPs represent over 7.5 million British citizens making this one of the most important statements of support of Five made in Europe.

The Motion calls on the US administration to ‘make a humanitarian gesture and grant visitation rights to their wives.’ It also quotes the UK based Amnesty International who have said that “denying the men visits from their wives is unnecessarily punitive and contrary to standards for humane treatment of prisoners and states’ obligations to protect family life’

Michael Connarty MP was the first to sign the motion. He called the imprisonment of the Five “a breach of basic human rights”. Now over 80 MPs from all the political parties including the governing Conservative Party have added their names.

Thousands of British citizens have now written to all their MPs urging them to sign the motion. Over 30,000 action cards have been distributed and thousands of people have used the on line web site to make their voices heard at http://edm.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/

Rob Miller, Director of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign said

“It is a complete travesty that after 14 years Olga and Adriana, two of the wives of the Miami Five, are still being denied visas to visit their husbands. The Motion shows that MPs from all the political parties, representing millions of UK citizens, are clear that the US should stop this ‘torture’ and allow these women to see their husbands. We will ensure that this simple message reaches the US President, as well as the American people.”

Notes :

1    The up to date list of MPs who have signed the motion can be seen at http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/497

2    Full text of the Early Day Motion number 497

HUMANITARIAN APPEAL FOR VISITATION RIGHTS FOR WIVES OF MIAMI FIVE

That this House expresses concern at the continued lack of visitation rights granted to Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez to visit their husbands Gerardo Hernandez and Rene Gonzalez, two of the Miami Five, five Cubans currently detained in the US; notes that Amnesty International `believes that denying the men visits from their wives is unnecessarily punitive and contrary to standards for humane treatment of prisoners and states’ obligations to protect family life’; and calls on the US administration to make a humanitarian gesture and grant visitation rights to their wives.

3    The on line action can be viewed at http://edm.cuba-solidarity.org.uk/

4    The Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) is a non-party-political campaign that works in the UK to raise awareness of the illegal US blockade of Cuba, and defend the Cuban people’s right to self-determination. It works campaigns for justice for the Miami Five.
www.cuba-solidarity.org.uk

5    An Early Day Motion can be signed by back bench MPs who do not hold Government or Opposition parliamentary positions. There are 650 MPs in the UK parliament but around 200 are unable to sign such motions. EDM 497 on the Miami Five is currently the 19th most supported motion out of 606 that have been tabled in this parliamentary session.

6    The 81 MPs who have signed the motion as of 07/11/12

Anderson, David    Labour Party
Blomfield, Paul    Labour Party
Bottomley, Peter    Conservative Party
Brennan, Kevin    Labour Party
Brooke, Annette    Liberal Democrats
Burden, Richard    Labour Party
Burt, Lorely    Liberal Democrats
Campbell, Ronnie    Labour Party
Caton, Martin    Labour Party
Clark, Katy    Labour Party
Clarke, Tom    Labour Party
Connarty, Michael    Labour Party
Cooper, Rosie    Labour Party
Corbyn, Jeremy    Labour Party
Crausby, David    Labour Party
Crockart, Mike    Liberal Democrats
Cryer, John    Labour Party
Cunningham, Tony    Labour Party
Davidson, Ian    Labour Party
Dobbin, Jim    Labour Party
Dobson, Frank    Labour Party
Doran, Frank    Labour Party
Durkan, Mark    Social Democratic and Labour Party
Edwards, Jonathan    Plaid Cymru
Field, Frank    Labour Party
Flynn, Paul    Labour Party
Francis, Hywel    Labour Party
Galloway, George    Respect
George, Andrew    Liberal Democrats
Gilmore, Sheila    Labour Party
Godsiff, Roger    Labour Party
Goodman, Helen    Labour Party
Hamilton, Fabian    Labour Party
Hancock, Mike    Liberal Democrats
Hepburn, Stephen    Labour Party
Hermon, Lady    INDEPENDENT
Heyes, David    Labour Party
Hoey, Kate    Labour Party
Hopkins, Kelvin    Labour Party
Huhne, Chris    Liberal Democrats
Huppert, Julian    Liberal Democrats
Jackson, Glenda    Labour Party
Jackson, Stewart    Conservative Party
Kaufman, Gerald    Labour Party
Lavery, Ian    Labour Party
Lazarowicz, Mark    Labour Party
Leech, John    Liberal Democrats
Llwyd, Elfyn    Plaid Cymru
Long, Naomi    Alliance Party
Love, Andrew    Labour Party
Lucas, Caroline    Green Party
McDonnell, Alasdair    Social Democratic and Labour Party
McDonnell, John    Labour Party
McGovern, Jim    Labour Party
McKenzie, Iain    Labour Party
Meacher, Michael    Labour Party
Meale, Alan    Labour Party
Mearns, Ian    Labour Party
Miller, Andrew    Labour Party
Morrice, Graeme    Labour Party
Morris, Grahame M    Labour Party
Mulholland, Greg    Liberal Democrats
Osborne, Sandra    Labour Party
Reid, Alan        Liberal Democrats
Ritchie, Margaret    Social Democratic and Labour Party
Robertson, John    Labour Party
Roy, Lindsay    Labour Party
Ruddock, Joan    Labour Party
Sheridan, Jim    Labour Party
Skinner, Dennis    Labour Party
Stringer, Graham    Labour Party
Teather, Sarah    Liberal Democrats
Vaz, Valerie    Labour Party
Walley, Joan    Labour Party
Weir, Mike    Scottish National Party
Williams, Hywel    Plaid Cymru
Williams, Stephen    Liberal Democrats
Wilson, Sammy    Democratic Unionist Party
Wishart, Pete    Scottish National Party
Wood, Mike    Labour Party
Wright, Simon    Liberal Democrats

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