November 21, 2014 Leave a comment
High level delegation calls on US government to grant humanitarian pardons
A high level delegation, representing millions of people from across the globe, met with US government officials at the US Embassy in London in November to hand over the final report of the International Commission of Inquiry into the case of the Cuban Five.
British parliamentarians Cathy Jamieson MP and Grahame Morris MP, trade union leader Len McCluskey, barrister Elizabeth Woodcraft, and Rob Miller, Voices for the Five, presented the report to United States’ diplomat Kevan Higgins, First Secretary Political Affairs. The delegation called on President Obama to immediately release Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero from US jails.
The talks also discussed recent editorials in the New York Times which called on the US government to release the three remaining Cubans, who have been imprisoned since 1998, as part of a prisoner exchange with US government contractor Alan Gross.
Len McCluskey, General Secretary of UK’s largest trade union Unite, led the delegation and said: “We are here representing millions of people from across the world who are asking President Obama to grant humanitarian pardons for the three remaining Cubans held for sixteen years in US jails. At the same time we would like to see the release of the US contractor Alan Gross who has been held in Cuba for the past five years. It is time for all four of these men to be freed and returned to their families.”
Rob Miller, Voices for the Five added: “Recent New York Times editorials reflect growing international opinion that whatever the history of the two cases, whatever the circumstances, sixteen years is long enough and now is the time to reach out, find a solution, and send Alan Gross and the remaining three Cubans home.”
The members of the delegation will speak alongside Aleida Guevara, the daughter of Che, at a Candlelight Vigil for the Miami Five outside the United States Embassy in London on Wednesday 3 December 2014 from 6pm.
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