From Martin Sheen to Ascanio Celestini, from Angela Davis to Carla Fracci, a chorus of voices asking Barack Obama for the release of Cubans unjustly imprisoned in the United States
Rome November 16th, 2013 – An appeal for the immediate release of the Cubans unfairly condemned, still held in the United States.
That’s what 55 celebrities from the world of politics, culture, entertainment and sport, have today requested President Barack Obama through the website www.vitadura.it. They are asking him to intervene to put an end to a detention that has lasted for 15 years and that is considered illegal by several international organizations, including the Commission for Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations and Amnesty International, since it is against to the fundamental norms of international law and the protection of human rights.
Martin Sheen, Angela Davis, Fiorella Mannoia, Alberto Juantorena, Carla Fracci, Alice Walker, Ascanio Celestini, Danny Glover, Gianni Vattimo, Javier Sotomayor, Moni Ovadia and many other celebrities from all around the world, have united their voices to request President Obama for an act of justice, choosing to commit themselves to a cause which in the past has already received the support of governments, organizations, associations, institutions and committees involved in the defense of human rights.
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, René Gonzalez Sehweret were arrested in Florida in 1998 while collecting information to prevent acts of aggression and intimidation against the civilian population in Cuba. U.S. authorities accused them of espionage and infiltration into the territory of the United States as secret agents of a foreign state, without which none of this could never be proved.
Processed in a climate of intense hostility in Miami, were sentenced to exorbitant penalties, in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of the United Nations. For this reason, the UN considered the trial not legal, because during the process the foundamental defence gurantees were not applied, therefor asked the U.S. government to put them back in freedom. Amnesty International has also criticized the United States for the treatment of five prisoners, having violeted their fundamental rights.
Over the past years, many members of the European countries, intellectuals, artists and ten Nobel prizes (Jose Ramos-Horta, Wole Soyinka, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nadine Gordimer, Rigoberta Menchú, José Saramago, Zhores Alferov, Dario Fo, Günter Grass e Máiread Corrigan Maguire), have launched appeals and promoted initiatives for the release of the five.
No solid evidence has been produced against them but the Cubans remain in U.S. prisons and at the moment the resolution of this injustice depends only on President Obama.
In October 2011, one of the five, René González Sehweret was released from prison and returned to Cuba only after he renounced his U.S. citizenship, as required by the authorities in Washington. The other four Cubans remain in prison, paying a high price for trying to defend their country from terrorism, which the United Stated have always officially tried to defeat.
On the site www.vitadura.it are videos of the 55 celebrities appealing to President Obama.
More information on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vitadura.it