United Nations A/59/907S/2005/565
Letter dated 6 September 2005 from the Permanent
I have the honour to enclose the text of the declaration made by the National Assembly of People’s Power concerning the five heroes unjustly imprisoned in North American prisons (see annex).
I should be grateful if you would have this letter and
its annex distributed as a document of the General Assembly under item
148, “Measures to eliminate international terrorism”, and as a document
of the Secretary-General.
These Cuban are being punished for their heroism, for
which they deserve the appreciation and gratitude of mankind. The entire
proceedings against them can only be explained by the United States
Government’s complete lack of principles. There was never any justification
for their being arrested and subjected to a travesty of a trial or for
their being convicted and sentenced.
On 9 August, the Court of Appeals of the eleventh Circuit, located in Atlanta, issued its ruling, a 93-page text overturning the convictions and rescinding the judgment handed down against them in Miami. Before coming to this unanimous decision the judges reviewed all the circumstances surrounding the case, including numerous terrorist actions against Cuba, and studied the background, the proceedings of the trial and the jurisprudence. The Five had filed their appeals on 7 April 2003 despite tremendous obstacles, such as the solitary confinement to which they were subjected the previous month which prevented them from having normal communication with their defence attorneys.
There is no reason why they should be kept in prison; that is only for people who have been found guilty and sentenced by a court. Keeping them in prison is tantamount to kidnapping. The Government of the United States should never have arrested them; it is under a moral, political and legal obligation to release them immediately and unconditionally. While viciously persecuting five heroes of the fight against terrorism, the United States continues stubbornly to prevent Luis Posada Carriles — a selfconfessed and convicted terrorist whose extradition the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has requested — from being brought to justice; it has yet to accede to that request and is, on the contrary, impeding it with deceitful, murky and illegal manoeuvres.
More than three months ago, representatives of the United
States Government politely collected that criminal and installed him
in a comfortable and privileged location in El Paso, Texas. They did
so even though the well-known murderer had entered United States territory
secretly and illegally, in collusion with the authorities who permitted
him to move around freely in Miami, to visit his friends, give interviews
and make statements in which he confirmed having had a long career of
Posada Carriles is being treated as though he were not even an immigration case; that is not only in marked contrast with the violent treatment accorded to millions of undocumented workers but is an attempt to divert the public’s attention in order to evade the inescapable duty to hand him over to Venezuela. He was being tried there for the atrocious terrorist act of destroying a civilian aircraft in flight, and thereby killing the 73 persons who were on board on 6 October 1976, but escaped with Washington’s complicity and went on to work directly with the White House in criminal operations against our peoples.
Thanks to the support given him by the United States he
was able to continue his terrorist career and went on to plan several
attempts on the life of President Fidel Castro and to direct numerous
attacks with explosives that caused grave injury to humans including
the death of a young Italian tourist in Havana, and material damage.
He has enjoyed such impunity that he has boasted of these monstrous
acts in statements and interviews published in The New York Times and
in other printed and televised media in the United States, and even
in an autobiography.
The international community should condemn the Bush administration for sponsoring international terrorism, as scandalously demonstrated by the kidnapping of our Five Heroes and the protection it continues to give to Mr. Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch and other known criminals who stroll through the streets of Miami. It is time to stop Mr. Bush and his irresponsible and immoral policy of massacring the Iraqi people, destroying the lives of thousands of young North Americans, threatening the entire world with a war without end, restricting freedoms in the United States itself and shattering the legal and moral obligations incumbent upon all States while protecting a notorious murderer and keeping five selfless fighters against terrorism locked up.
The National Assembly of People’s Power of the Republic
of Cuba calls on the Parliaments, political and social organizations,
on all men and women who dream of a better world, a world of justice,
peace and freedom to demand the immediate and unconditional release
of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González
and René González and to call for the extradition to the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela of Luis Posada Carriles so that he may be tried
and punished for his crimes which have so far gone unpunished.
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