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Canadian Union of Public Employees Sends a Letter to Obama

Cuban 5 – Letter to President Barack Obama

February 4, 2014

Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada’s largest public sector union representing 627,000 members in Canada. We are appealing to you to exercise the power given to you by your country’s constitution to release all the Cuban 5 and return them to Cuba without conditions.

In 2010, CUPE highlighted in a letter to you, the fact that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had determined the illegality of the imprisonment of the Cuban 5 as far back as 2005. Our letter stated “UN experts stressed that imprisoning the five men and depriving them of their freedom is arbitrary and violates international laws”. This fact has not changed.

September 12th marked 15 years of wrongful imprisonment, as we enter their 16th year of detention, it is now time to release these men and ensure their immediate and safe return to Cuba. In so doing, you would address a case of unjust sentencing, and by taking this major step, open the door to re-establishing relations with a key neighbour

Yours truly,

Paul Moist
National President

Charles Fleury
National Secretary Treasury

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