René González, the first and only member of the Cuban (Miami) Five to have been released after completing his 15 year sentence in the United States, has announced that he will come to London to give evidence.
He will be joined by family members of the Five, victims of terrorism against Cuba, lawyers, politicians and campaigners from Cuba and across the world, including Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of the Color Purple and former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
The Commission will hear testimony from around 20 key witnesses including US defence attorney Martin Garbus, representatives from international human rights organisation Amnesty International, and from Miami Five family members including wives of the Five, Olga Salanueva and Elizabeth Palmeiro.
The Commission will be presided over by distinguished international jurors including the former Chief Justice of India, Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal; Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa; and Philippe Texier, former Chair of the Supreme Court of France.
There will be testimony from specialists on the range of measures taken to defend Cuba against the threat of terrorist attacks, as well as testimony from Cuban and international victims of US based terrorism.
To find out more and book tickets go tohttp://www.voicesforthefive.com/commission/
In his New Year message René González urged support for the International Commission of Inquiry and said
“When we were imprisoned 15 years ago, our captors never imagined that from all corners of the world people like you would take up our cause. Instead of suffering defeat we have become stronger.”
The International Commission is the major event of the campaigning organisation Voices for the Five which brings together hundreds of highly respected international personalities including John Le Carré, Emma Thompson, Danny Glover, Lord Rowan Williams, Martin Sheen, Noam Chomsky, Günter Grass, Nadine Gordimer, Peter Capaldi and Dame Vivienne Westwood. They have been joined by thousands who have posted messages of support to the web based campaigning site. You too can add your message alongside theirs here http://www.voicesforthefive.com/upload/
A number of associated events will take place during the Commission including a major international concert at the Barbican Hall in London featuring acclaimed Cuban musician and star of the Buena Vista Social Club Eliades Ochoa and his group Cuarteto Patria, alongside other international performers and guests, as well as associated screenings and exhibitions.
To find out more and book tickets see http://www.voicesforthefive.com/commission/