On February 15, visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received two letters from the Peru-Cuba Parliamentary League and the Peruvian Committee of Solidarity with the Five, asking him to intercede for the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters languishing in U.S. prisons.
The message, written by the Solidarity Committee, says that for more than twelve years five Cubans have been behind bars, sentenced by U.S. authorities to a shameful execution for a crime they did not commit.
Ramon Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, René Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez are courageous fighters against terrorism. They have dedicated their entire lives to fighting this atrocity.
All of progressive humanity is outraged at what is happening, and the public did succeed in having the reasons for the detention of these courageous men reviewed, but it did not bring them the much desired freedom.
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The letter goes on to say that these five Cubans are the victims of the hatred that the United States has toward Cuba. This hatred is precisely the reason why American authorities have maintained a brutal blockade on Liberty Island for more than half a century.
The Committee of Solidarity with the Five asks Ban Ki-moon, as secretary of the United Nations, to intercede for the speedy release of the five Cuban anti-terrorists.
A letter from the Parliamentary League of Peru-Cuba, which includes legislators from different political parties, also asks that Ban Ki-moon personally facilitate the speedy release of the five Cuban antiterrorists.
The League also urges the U.N. Secretary General to urge the United States to end the half-century-old, brutal embargo on Cuba as soon as possible.