Cuba in Geneva: Blockade, Cuban 5 Cause

Cuba in Geneva: Blockade, Cuban 5 Cause Geneva, Sep 16. – Cuba denounced at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) the continuity of the U.S. economic blockade, while recalled the injustice committed in the case of the Cuban Five. Both issues were debated by Cuban delegate Pablo Berti in the points related to human rights and unilateral coercive measures, who also referred to the file of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters.

Berti also stated that the Cuban Five, as Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez are universally known, marked 13 years of unjust imprisonment in the United States on September 12.

As it previously said in this forum, the Cuban Five were convicted for merely avoiding terrorist actions against their people, Berti stated.

"The U.S. government has completely ignored the opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding in the case of the Cuban Five, whose detention was described as arbitrary in 2005," he noted.

"Cuba demands justice. They should be immediately freed and allow them return to our country. That is the only ethic and legal solution to the case of the Cuban Five," the island´s delegates said.

Regarding the matter of the Washington-imposed economic, trade and financial blockade on the island for over 50 years, the diplomat stated that the blockade persists and strengthens, despite the international demand for its elimination.

That blockade is a massive, blatant and systematic violation of the human rights of the Cuban people, as well as with a marked extraterritorial nature, Berti said.(Prensa Latina)