til Baracks Obama
Í tilefni af
alþjóðlega mannréttindadeginum 10. desember 2010 sendi MFÍK
Bandaríkjaforseta bréf þar sem farið er fram á að 5 kúbverskir menn séu
látnir lausir en þeir hafa setið í fangelsi í Bandaríkjunum í meira en 12
ár án sýnilegrar ástæðu. Eiginkonur tveggja þeirra hafa ekki séð menns
sína síðan þeir voru handteknir og fer félagið einnig fram á að þeim
verði veitt vegabréfsáritun til Bandaríkjanna þannig að þær geti
heimsótt eiginmenn sína.
Bréfið til Bandaríkjaforseta fér hér á eftir:
Dear President Obama,
On behalf of MFÍK, Icelandic Women’s Association for Culture and Peace, we request freedom for five Cuban men imprisoned in the United States for more than 12 years, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González. The five men, known internationally as the Cuban Five, were arrested in 1998 while monitoring the activities of violent groups of Cuban exiles in Miami, activities that had already resulted in the deaths of Cuban nationals.
We do not believe the Five have committed any crime. We do not believe they are or have been a threat to the United States or any other country. We believe they are imprisoned for seeking, without any illegal operation, to defend their country against violent acts. We are aware of the doubts raised about the fairness and impartiality of the trial. Two of the five men have not been permitted to see their wives during the 12 years of their arrest, because their wives have not been permitted visa to enter the United States.
For these reasons, we appeal to your sense of justice and respectfully request that you, having reviewed the facts of this case and given consideration to the lengthy time these men have spent in prison, will issue an Executive Clemency on behalf of the Cuban Five so that they may return to their country, their homes and their families.
Likewise, we request your intervention so that Adriana Perez, the wife of Gerardo Hernandez, and Olga Salanueva, wife of Rene Gonzalez, immediately be granted visa to the United States to visit their husbands.
For MFÍK, Icelandic Women’s Association for Culture and Peace ,
Anna Sigríður Hróðmarsdóttir
María S. Gunnarsdóttir, fjölmiðlafulltrúi