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An Open Letter to Alberto Gonzales

Free the Cuban Five

by CounterPunch News Service

According to the information supplied by the International Press, on August 9, 2005, the Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Atlanta declared null and void the decision passed in Miami which had condemned Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, René González Sehwerert, Ramón Labañino Salazar, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez and Fernando González Llort for infiltrating the extremist Cuban American groups in the south of Florida in order to obtain information about terrorist activities directed against Cuba. Their prison sentences have already been declared illegal by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations.

For the past seven years, these five young men have been held in maximum security prisons; they have been held incommunicado in isolated cells for long periods of time and two of them have been denied the right to receive family visits.

At this present time, considering the nullification of the sentence, nothing justifies their incarceration. This arbitrary situation which is extremely painful for them and their families, cannot be allowed to continue. We, who have signed below, are demanding their immediate liberation.

 

Wole Soyinka
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
Nadine Gordimer
Desmond Tutu
Rigoberta Menchú
Noam Chomsky
Oscar Niemeyer
Mario Benedetti
Harry Belafonte
Pablo González Casanova
Ernesto Cardenal
Thiago de Mello
Danny Glover
Eduardo Galeano
Alice Walker
Manu Chao
Atilio Borón
Francois Houtart
Ignacio Ramonet
Luis Sepúlveda
Tariq Ali
Ramsey Clark
Gianni Miná
Frei Betto
Miguel Bonasso
Howard Zinn
Jorge Sanjinés
Rusell Banks
Alfonso Sastre
León Rozitchner
Gianni Vattimo
Belén Gopegui
Jorge Enrique Adoum
Tato Pavlovsky
Pascual Serrano
Juan Mari Brás
James Petras
Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez
Silvia Iparraguirre
Abelardo Castillo
Volodia Teitelboim
Rosa Regás
Ramón Chao
Salim Lamrani
Daniel Ortega
Michel Collon
Eric Toussaint
Emir Sader
Ariel Dorfman
Saul Landau
Theotonio dos Santos
Istvan Mestzaros
Victor Flores Olea
Walter Tournier
Silvio Rodríguez
Daniel Viglietti
Victor Heredia
Pablo Milanés
Beth Carvalho
Danny Rivera
Fernando Morais
Keith Ellis
Alicia Alonso
Hebe de Bonafini
Raúl Zurita
James Cockcroft
Giulio Girardi
Paulo Lins
Juan Bañuelos
Marco Martos
Rémy Herrera
Carlo Frabetti
Hernando Calvo Ospina
James Early
Wim Dierckxsens
Joseph Mulligan
Fernando Birri
Roberto Fernández Retamar
Martin Almada
Eusebio Leal Spengler
Amiri Baraka
Amina Baraka
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Fina García Marruz
Marcos Roitman
Georges Labica
Heinz Dieterich
Pierre Kalfon
Roy Brown
Chiqui Vicioso
Andrés Sorel
Jorge Ruffinelli
Graziella Pogolotti
Richard Gott
Alfredo Guevara
Oscar González
Lisandro Otero
Domenico Losurdo
Eva Forest
Luis Britto
Isabel Parra
Victor Victor
Frank Fernández
Constantino Bértolo
Julio García Espinosa
Luciano Vasapollo
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Schafik Handall
Andy Spahn
Miguel Barnet
Henri Alleg
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Ann Sparanese
Rafael Cancel Miranda
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Jane Franklin
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Tony Word
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Leo Brower
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Paul-Emile Dupret
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Liliana Felipe
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Raúl Pérez Torres
Osvaldo Martínez
Claribel Alegria
Raúl Suaréz
Robert R. Bryan
Juan Madrid
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Diamela Eltit
Jaime Augusto Shelley
Kofi Taha
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Ben Treuhaft
Arnoldo Mora
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Tarek William Saab
Michelle Gross
Jorge Nadal
Edmundo Aray
Francisco Jarauta
Nancy Morejón
Jhannett Madriz Sotillo
Cristián Tattembach Yglesias
Stella Calloni
Gilberto López y Rivas
Manuel Cabieses
Miguel D’Escoto
Fernando Butazzoni
Tubal Páez
Carlos Martí
Alpidio Alonso
José Steinsleger
Manuel Talens
Beverly Keene
Néstor Kohan
Carlos Taibo
Eric-Holt Gimenez
Hans Otto Dill
Aldo Díaz Lacayo
Vicente Battista
Ana de Skalon
Luciano Alzaga
Christian Parenti
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Ida Rodríguez Prampolini
Adolfo Colombres
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Claudio Katz
Lee Lorch
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Julio Fontanet
Alain Lambert
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Alan Woods
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Douglas Valentine
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Jaime Sarusky
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Claufe Rodríguez
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Noelle Narran
Gennaro Carotenuto
Julio Rodríguez Puértolas
Adán Chávez Frías
Isidora Aguirre
Kintto Lucas
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Francisco "Pancho" Villa
Marta Rojas
Gloria la Riva
Richard Becker
Angel Guerra
Carlos Fernández Liria
Harold Gramatges
Carlos Fazio
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César López
Irene Amador
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José Antonio Rodríguez
Alan Mills
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Sandra Levinson
Quintín Cabrera
Amaury Pérez
Emeka Udemba
Pablo Armando Fernández
Humberto Solás
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Horacio Cerutti-Guldberg
Héctor Díaz-Polanco
Luis Carbonell
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Carilda Oliver Labra
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Sergio Rodriguez Lazcano
Nelson P.Valdés
Pablo Guayasamín
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Javier Corcuera
Alejandro Moreano
Saskia Guayasamín
Alejandro Torres
Miren Uriarte
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Ana Esther Ceceña
Arturo Corcuera
Javier Ortiz
Reynaldo González
Antonio Maira
Santiago Alba Rico
Vicente Revuelta
Rosario Murillo
Pablo Marcano García
Angel Augier
Eduardo Roca
Chiara Varesse
Alfredo Sosabravo
Luis Rosa Pérez
Richard Egües
Mercedes C. de Meroño
Orlando Núñez
Soledad Bianchi
Ramiro Guerra Suárez
Oscar René Vargas
Anibal Quijano
Marilia Guimarães
Héctor Quintero
Saúl Arana
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Rogelio Martínez Furé
Francoise Lopez
Alberto Méndez
Nicolas Frize
Zenaida Armenteros
Jean Ortiz
Adigio Benitez
Cristy Domínguez
Juan Luis Martin
Patricio Pardo
Aurora Basnuevo
Evel A. de Petrini
Maria Antonia Antoine
Armando Soler
Cristine Tarquis
Ricardo Antunes
Jeremy M. Glick
Higinio Polo
Juan Blanco
Roberto Argüello Hurtado
Alejandro Horowicz
Brian Becker
Sarah Guggenheim-Deri
Jean Ives Guezenec
Claude Marks
Eduardo Heras León
Matías Bosch
Osneldo García
Raúl Fornet-Betancourt
Humberto Tumini
Jorge Ceballos
Felipe Meneses
Electo Silva
Lito Borillo
Hector Santarén
César Portillo de la Luz
Antonio Vidal
Jorge Farinacci García
Marcelo Cafiso
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Fernando Ramón Bossi
Sara Rosemberg
Estela Fernández Nadal
Francisco Berdichevsky
Cipe Fridman
Mario Hernández
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Beatriz Rajland
Daniel de Santis
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Osvaldo Gallone
Lucía Alvarez de Toledo
Rubén Dri
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Luis Fernando Novoa Garzon
Ivana Jinkings
Mano Mell
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Carlos Varea
Jean-Pierre Daubois
José Juan Nazario de la Rosa
Omar Lara
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Justo Soto Castellanos
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Julián Sabogal Tamayo
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Rita Martufi
Mario Sáenz
Raúl Izquierdo Canosa
Daniel del Solar
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José Villa
Alicia Castellanos Guerrero
Ivair Coelho Itagiba
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Camilo Soares
Rafael Trelles
Francisco López Sacha
Rogger Tabeada
Enrique González
Yuliana Valenzuela
Cecilia Conde
Claudia Korol
Catherine Murphy
Francisco Alonso
Dario López Desvar
Omar Felipe Mauri
Yamandú Acosta
Manuel Hernández
Orlando García
Antonio Alberto Pérez
Gervasio Morales Rodríguez
Hebe P. de Mascia
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Sarah Peish
Roberto Bullón
Ernesto Agüero
Carlos Tamayo
Juana M. de Pargament
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Lucía Muñoz
Jorge Núñez
Oscar Ugarteche
Rodulfo Vaillant
Marcelo Larrea
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John Pateman
Jose Rodena
Iosu Perales
José Mendi
José Manuel Martín Medem
Francisco José Pérez Esteban
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Mauricio Valiente
Pepe Mejía
Raúl Wiener
Miguel Riera
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René Weber
Teodoro Buarque de Holanda
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Marcello Guimarães
María Suárez Santos
Luisa Campuzano
Alida Millán Ferrer
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Beat Dietschy
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Alba Carosio
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Geraldo Moreira
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Danielle Bleitrach
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Claude Vatican
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Mireille Guézénec
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Raquel Zamorano
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