UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Expresses Support to the case of the Cuban five unjustly imprisoned in the United States

UNITED NATIONS, GENEVA,  March 1, 2013.- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navenethem Pillay, received, yesterday, Olga Salanueva, spouse of René González, and Adriana Pérez, spouse of Gerardo Hernández.

During the meeting, Adriana and Olga explained to the High Commissioner the necessity that this organization intercedes in a direct manner on behalf of the case of the Cuban Five for a definitive solution, while they requested their support in order to be granted visas to entry the United States to visit their husbands.

Olga stressed that the supervised freedom regime endured by Rene constitutes a legal absurdity that does not comply with any purpose and unnecessarily prohibits his return to his Homeland and reunite his relatives. Adriana requested a humanitarian gesture that requires the political willingness and ethics of the United States Government.

Mrs. Pillay acknowledged the visa denial as a violation to the human rights and expressed this cannot constitute an additional punishment.

UN Commissioner expressed her support to this fight and her intention to do whatever is possible to find a solution to the case.

March 1, 2013

Cuban Permanent Mission in Geneva