Free the Cuban Five

    This is a previous campaign for IADL because the Five have been freed! Please see below for an archive of IADL’s campaign for the Cuban Five:

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    The Cuban Five are five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami, on June 8, 2001.

    They are Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González.

    The Five were falsely accused by the U.S. government of committing espionage conspiracy against the United States, and other related charges.

    But the Five pointed out vigorously in their defense that they were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba.

    The Five’s actions were never directed at the U.S. government. They never harmed anyone nor ever possessed nor used any weapons while in the United States.

    The Cuban Five’s mission was to stop terrorism

    For more than 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations based in Miami have engaged in countless terrorist activities against Cuba, and against anyone who advocates a normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba. More than 3,000 Cubans have died as a result of these terrorists’ attacks.

    Terrorist Miami groups like Comandos F4 and Brothers to the Rescue operate with complete impunity from within the United States to attack Cuba-with the knowledge and support of the FBI and CIA.

    Therefore, Cuba made the careful and necessary decision to send the Five Cubans to Miami to monitor the terrorists. The Cuban Five infiltrated the terrorist organizations in Miami to inform Cuba of imminent attacks.

    The aim of such a clandestine operation by the Cuban Five-at great personal risk-was to prevent criminal acts, and thus protect the lives of Cubans and other people.

    But instead of arresting the terrorists, the FBI arrested the Cuban Five ANTI-terrorists on September 12, 1998. The Five were illegally held in solidarity confinement for 17 months in Miami jail.

    The trial began in November 2000. With the seven-month trial based in Miami, a virtual witchhunt atmosphere existed. Defense attorneys’ motions for a change of venue were denied five times by the judge, although it was obvious that a fair trial was impossible in that city.

    In a blow to justice, the Cuban Five were convicted June 8, 2001 and sentenced to four life terms and 75 years in December, 2001.

    A victory in appeals, then a surprise reversal

    On August 9, 2005, after seven years of unjust imprisonment, the Cuban Five won an unprecedented victory on appeal. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of the Cuban Five and ordered a new trial outside of Miami.

    However, in an unexpected reversal on Oct. 31, the 11th Circuit Court vacated the three-judge panel’s ruling and granted an “en banc” hearing before the full panel of 12 judges. Exactly one year after the victory that granted the Five a new trial, the panel voted 10 to 2 to deny the Five heroes a new trial, and instead affirmed the trial court.

    Nine remaining issues of appeal are before the three-judge panel (it is actually two judges now, one has retired), and as of December 2006, final supplemental documents were submitted by defense and prosecution.

    Your support is more important than ever

    This case is a political case and the Cuban Five are political prisoners.

    Their freedom will depend not only on the arduous work of the defense team but just as importantly on the public support that can be organized. Over 250 committees have been established in the United States and around the world, demanding immediate freedom for Gerardo, Ramón, Antonio, Fernando and René.

    Important declarations have been made by hundreds of parliamentarians in Britain, Italy, and the European and Latin American Parliaments. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, with five judges, ruled that there were irregularities in the Five’s trial and arrest, effectively denying them a fair trial and calls on the U.S. government to remedy this injustice.

    Statements and Resolutions

    23 June 2009Call Upon the Supreme Court to Reconsider Its Refusal to Hear the Appeal in the Case of the Cuban Five

    The International Association of Democratic Lawyers, (IADL), The American Association of Jurists, (AAJ) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Call Upon the Supreme Court to Reconsider Its Refusal to Hear the Appeal in the Case of the Cuban Five On June 15, 2009 the Supreme Court refused to hear...

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    13 June 2009Resolution on the Cuban Five

    ON THE CUBAN FIVE AND THE LACK OF U.S. COMPLIANCE WITH THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS FINDINGS AND REQUESTS FOR REMEDIAL ACTION The General Assembly of the 17th Congress of the IADL, meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on June 9, 2009 adopts and issues the following resolution: WHEREAS: Since the triumph of the...

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    8 June 2008IADL finds new decision in the Cuban 5 Case a Politically Motivated Travesty of Justice

    The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) Finds the June 4th 2008 holding of The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in the Cuban 5 case a politically motivated travesty of justice. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization of jurists with national affiliates on all...

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    3 May 2008Take Action: Show Your Solidarity: Write the Five

    Please write to the Cuban Five to show your solidarity. You will find a short biography and their addresses here. “Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country.” Gerardo Hernández Nordelo was born in Havana on June 4, 1965. In...

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    12 April 2006IADL recognizes illegal and unjust character of the legal process organized against Cuban Five

    IADL recognized the illegal and unjust character of the legal process organized against five Cuban heroes imprisoned in the US for the sole crime of fighting terrorism at a time when the U.S. government claims to be engaged in a crusade against terror. Taking into account that in light...

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    Campaign News

    20 November 2006Interview with Leonard Weinglass, attorney for Antonio Guerrero

    What follows is an interview conducted by Gloria La Riva, Coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, with Leonard Weinglass, the attorney for one of the Five, Antonio Guerrero. Nov. 20, 2006   Gloria La Riva (GLR): Can you please explain where the appeals stand at...

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    3 May 2008Take Action: Show Your Solidarity: Write the Five

    Please write to the Cuban Five to show your solidarity. You will find a short biography and their addresses here. “Ours may be one of the most ridiculous accusations of espionage in the history of this country.” Gerardo Hernández Nordelo was born in Havana on June 4, 1965. In...

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    19 July 2008IADL organizes successful conference on the Cuban Five in Paris

    IADL organised on April 19, 2008 a successful seminar on the Cuban Five in Paris on the theme: Human Rights, Law and the Miami Five. Speakers at the seminar were a.o. Leonard Weinglass lawyer of Antonio Guerrero, Magali LLORT, mother of Fernando Gonzàlez, one of the five, Maurice Lemoine,...

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    2 February 2009IADL files important Amicus Brief in Cuban Five case

    On January 30, 2009,  the lawyers for the Cuban 5 filed a petition in the United States Supreme Court for review of the decisions of the 11th Circuit Court of appeals to uphold the convictions of the 5.   The Supreme Court only hears a few cases each year so...

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    30 November 2009Italian democratic lawyers launch petition for Cuban Five

    The Italian association of democratic lawyers decided on November the 5th, 2009 to launch a petition to demand immediate freedom for the Cuban Five. The petition can be signed online here . The signatures will be sent to the President and Congress of the United States. See below for...

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    Background documents on the Cuban Five

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