The Cuban Five
The Belgian Senate has called for the intervention of the U.S. government to end the injustice against the Five, through a resolution adopted after several years of persistent work of the Belgian Committee for the Release of the Cuban Five.
The resolution, drafted by Socialist Party Senator Fatiha Saidi, was approved in early July and released recently.
Saïdi took the initiative after the second meeting in October 2010 of Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez, in the Belgian federal parliament. The meeting was attended by representatives and senators of seven political parties: Social Democrat parties PSC and CVP, the Christian-Democratic CDH and CD & V, the Flemish nationalist party N-VA and ecologists parties, Groen! and Ecolo.
Talking about the Supreme Court, let’s look at a little history. On June 15, 2009 the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision to reject the request for review of the case of the Cuban Five. This request for a review was raised by millions of people from all backgrounds around the world, a record number of requests for "Friends of the Court” and thousands of personalities and officials from all continents. Many of these requests came from the United States.
The United States boasts that their political system is based on the separation of powers between the executive (President and Vice President), the legislature and the judiciary, and a resulting system built on checks and balances. Supposedly this is a superior form of democracy based on checks and balances to prevent the abuse of power by one or other of the three branches that make up the United States government. In the United States Constitution, Article II, Section 2, states that the President of the United States "... has the power to grant relief and pardons ....." Everything indicates that Obama, far from using these constitutional powers to free the Cuban Five, has made it clear to the judges of the Supreme Court that they must decide against the review.
In view of the interest of a group of Haitians to know about the case of the Five as well as the motivations and consequences of this process, a political matter more than judicial, several members the Cuban Literacy Brigade in Haiti held a colloquial meeting.Cuban members tackled several elements on the genesis of the case with approachable and direct language. They referred to the unjust sentences and fundamentally the great wave worldwide solidarity that this struggle has caused, which has ceased being just
The French association Cuba-Si will officially create a new committee on August 27, with the purpose of demanding the definitive return to Cuba of Rene Gonzalez, one of the five Cuban antiterrorist imprisoned in the United States, who finishes his sentence next October 7.
Charly P. Bohuana, national president of this Association announced that on this day a political and cultural gala is scheduled to support the Cuba-Si campaign for the immediate release of Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Fernando Gonzalez.