Friday, June 19, 2009

NY Committee to Free the Cuban Five Protests Supreme Court Decision

By Thomas Good

(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)

NEW YORK — On Tuesday, June 16, the New York Committee to Free the Cuban Five (Comite de Nueva York por la Libertad de los Cinco Cubanos) held a protest at 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan. The protest was called in response to the recent Supreme Court decision not to review the controversial case of the "Cuban Five": activists imprisoned for organizing against anti-Cuban terrorism — terrorism that is alleged to be U.S. sponsored.

The Cuban Five have been imprisoned since 1998. The five were convicted and sentenced in the U.S. on charges their supporters describe as "fabricated". The charges range from espionage to conspiracy to commit murder. Conversely, the right-wing organizations the Cuban Five monitored continue their activities — unimpeded by the U.S. government.

(Photo: Bud Korotzer / NLN)

The trial and subsequent convictions were condemned by the U.N. Human Rights Commission, activists, legal scholars, and Nobel laureates. Supporters have consistently argued that world opinion is against the "wrongful and continued imprisonment" of the Cuban Five.

"In spite of the solid arguments made by the defense attorneys from the obvious and multiple legal violations committed during the whole trial, by ignoring the universal backing to the petition — expressed by an unprecedented number of 'friend of the Court' briefs, among them 10 Nobel prize recipients, hundreds of parliamentarians, and numerous U.S. and international jurist organizations, of outstanding political and academic personalities — the Supreme Court rejected the case, thus ignoring the demand of Humanity and its obligation to do justice," according to the website

For more information:

New York Committee to Free the Cuban Five
55 West 17th Street, Suite # 5c
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 633-6646

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