(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 27, 2009
Years of Hell in
THE All India Lawyers Union (AILU) observed September 12, 2009 as the beginning of the eleventh year of imprisonment of three Cuban Citizens: Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, Ramon Labanino Salazar and Fernando Gonzales LIort, and two US citizens, Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez and Rene Gonzales Sehwerert, with a Seminar on Declaration of Human Rights and the Cuban Five at the Gandhi Peace Foundation New Delhi. Nordelo, born on June 4, 1965 and graduated in 1989 in International Political Relations, is a cartoonist whose works have been published in many journals. He has been sentenced to two life terms and fifteen years. Salazar, born on June 9, 1963 and graduated summa cum laude in economics, has been sentenced to one life term and eighteen years. Llort born on August 18, 1963, graduated magna cum laude in International Political Relations in 1987, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez is an aerodrome construction engineer and poet who was born in 1958. He has been sentenced to a similar term. They have been in prison for eleven years now --- against all norms of human rights, undergoing mental and physical torture.
Inaugurating the seminar on
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Release of the Cuban
Chopra, art critic and writer, pointed out how the issue of human
to the forefront in the United Nations as a result of the atrocities of
Nazis of the period of World War II. But a serious flaw remained. The
He was followed by Jitendra
Sharma, senior advocate and president of the International Association
Democratic Lawyers, who, as one of the amei
curiae, appealed for the release of the five. He outlined how
flagrantly denied in this case. The case was conducted in a condition
After his deposition spoke Eduardo Iglesias Quintano, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Cuba, who pointed out that the only crime the Cuban people had committed was �to start and make a triumphant socialist revolution that brought Cuba its true and undefeated independence, sovereignty and dignity� from the control exercised over it by the USA whose neo-colony it was.
For that, a constant illegal
state of war has been sustained by successive
His deposition was followed by
that of Dr Vibha Maurya, professor of Spanish at
D K Agarwal, general secretary of the AILU, then concluded the seminar, which he was presiding over, with a detailed analysis that the continued imprisonment of the Cuban Five in violation of the articles 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These articles guarantee the right to life, liberty and security of persons against torture and inhuman treatment, equal protection before the law without discrimination, against arbitrary arrest and detention, and the freedom of opinion and expression, as well as ensuring a free and fair public hearing. But none of this has happened in the case of the Cuban five.
The gathering of nearly 200
intellectuals, lawyers, activists and concerned students and academics
proposed to send a letter of protest to the