Friday, March 20, 2009

Visas for Families of the Cuban 5

International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five

March 19, 2009

To all those who are defenders of just causes:

On April 10th, family members of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States have an appointment in the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, to request their visas. This will be the tenth time that Adriana Perez, wife of Gerardo Hernandez, will request a visa to see her husband in a prison in the U.S. where he is serving an unjust sentence. During a decade, the United States government has denied this couple the possibility of seeing each other.

We ask you to join in this urgent action to support them and their family members by faxing, calling or sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton immediately and no later than April 10th to request the following:

--To immediately grant a humanitarian visa to Adriana Perez to visit her husband Gerardo Hernandez and put an end to the violation of the right of family visits.
--To grant multiple visas for the other members of the family of the Cuban Five
Contact Information:

U.S. Department of State
Hillary Clinton
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Fax number: 1-202-647-2283; Phone number: 1-202-647-4000

We also ask you to contact the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, to ask her the following:

To immediately grant a humanitarian visa to Olga Salanueva. On July 2008, Olga was unjustly classified as "permanently ineligible." Ask Mrs. Napolitano to exempt Olga Salanueva of that condition by granting her a humanitarian visa to visit her husband Rene Gonzalez in a U.S. prison.

Contact Information:

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Fax Number: 202-282-8401
Comment Line: 202-282-8495; Operator Number: 202-282-8000

If possible, send electronic copy of both requests to:

High Commissioner for Human Rights

Urgent Action:

1503 Denunciation Procedure:

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