Petition for release of Cuban journalists

ENGLISH PEN PETITION

FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF SIX CUBAN WRITERS ON MEDICAL GROUNDS

 

We, the undersigned, call upon the authorities of the Republic of Cuba to immediately release six imprisoned journalists, all Honorary Members of English PEN, who are each in dangerously poor states of health at the present time.

Normando Hernández González, former editor of an independent news agency, serving a 25-year prison sentence, suffers from severe intestinal problems which prevent him from eating normally, and tests positive for tuberculosis. In February 2007, he was reportedly beaten by a guard and in May he suffered a bout of pneumonia. His wife visited him on 21 June and reported that he weighed just 53 kilos.

Pedro Argüelles Morán, former manager of a cooperative of independent journalists, serving a 20-year sentence, is suffering from cataracts which render him practically blind, a benign tumour of the prostate and also arthritis. Reporters Without Borders reports that he has been on hunger strike since 16 June, protesting his right to receive medication.

Fabio Prieto Llorente, a freelance journalist serving a 20-year sentence, was hospitalised in May 2007 with acute back and chest pains and low blood pressure, but was returned to prison before all necessary tests could be completed. He continues to suffer from severe pulmonary complications.

José Luis García Paneque, head of an independent news agency, now serving a 24-year sentence, was hospitalised in June 2007 with acute abdominal pain and reportedly diagnosed as suffering from a kidney cyst and other intestinal problems. In July, his weight was reported to have fallen to 50 kilos.

Adolfo Fernández Saínz, an independent journalist serving a 15-year sentence, was reported in 2005 to have been diagnosed with a number of serious conditions (emphysema, a kidney cyst, a hernia, prostatic hypertrophy, arthritis and high blood pressure); his health continues to be extremely fragile.

Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez, a freelance journalist also serving 15-years, was reported in 2005 to be suffering from arthrosis, a degenerative disease of the joints, and high blood pressure.

These six writers were arrested in spring 2003, as part of a crackdown on alleged dissidents, in which 34 writers, journalists and librarians were convicted and handed harsh sentences after closed, one-day trials. PEN believes these men are incarcerated solely for having exercised their right to freedom of expression, and strongly protests the extremely poor conditions, including insufficient medical care, under which they are held. These conditions are responsible either for causing or exacerbating their illnesses.

We call on the Cuban authorities to release all six on humanitarian, medical grounds, and to provide them with the treatment urgently needed to restore or improve their health.

SIGNED:

Roxanne Abdulali
Vida Adamoli
Alev Adil
Iro Aghedo
Eileen Aird
Joan Alexander
Lee Allane
Vivien Allen
Lynn Anderson
Rachel Anderson
Christopher Andrews
Carole Angier
Lisa Appignanesi
Nieves Arago Sanchez
Samantha Ashbourn
Sir Alan Ayckbourn
Leo Aylen
Pete Ayrton
Laura Barber
Moss Barclay
Suzanne Barror
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs
Karen Bates
Simon Beckett
Melissa Benn
Penelope Bennett
Susan Bennett
Paul Bentley
Marge Berer
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Rachel Billington
Terence Blacker
Gabriele Bock
Brenda Botten
Jim Botten
Richard Bourne
Rosie Boycott
William Boyd
Nick Braley
Dr Zoë Brân
Emily Brass
Barbara Bridger
Dr Helen Bright
Joanna Briscoe
Heather Brooke
Irina Brown
Katherine Bucknell
Fiona Bullock
Mr Malcolm Burgess
Brie Burkeman
Simon Burt
Peter Bush
John Byrne
Lucy Caldwell
Anthony Callaghan
Dr Agnes Callamard
Stephanie Calman
Angela Camber
Andrew Cameron
Euan Cameron
Alice Carey
Lawrence Carrington

Elizabeth Cary
Helen Chadwick
Ruth Chang
Cherry Chappell
Mark Chisnell
Eric Clark
Jo Clark
Andrew Clarke
Jane Cochrane
Sandra Codd-MacDonald
Ann Colcord
Ania Corless
Martin Corrick
Kitty Corrigan
Daragh Coughlan
Hannah Coulson
Christopher Coyle
Sarah Coyle
Patricia Craig
Daniel Crewe
Penny Daniel
Donna Daley-Clarke
Jan Dalley
Gillian Darley
Susan Davenport
Julian David
Alan Davidson
Paul E H Davis
Jose Miguel Day
Peter Day
Georgia de Chamberet
Daniela de Groote
Lourdes Delgado
Anne Devlin
Prof. Manuel Dittmers, FRSA
Jay Dixon
Angela Dorado-Otero
Ariel Dorfman
Margaret Drabble
Jessica Duchen
Michael Duffy
Sally Dugan
Joyce Dunbar
Glen Duncan
Florence Duncan Trewhela
Helen Dunmore
Richard Eastburn-Hewitt
Paul Eddy
Nafisa El-Amin
Sarah El-Doori
Michael Ellison
Michael Ellman
Sue Ellman
Crista Ermiya
Angel Esteban
Lauren Eva
Amy Evans
Julian Evans
Paul Ewen
Benedict Faccini
Ruth Fainlight
Gillian Fairchild
Blain Fairman
Gila Falkus
Roberto Fandiño
U A Fanthorpe
Francesca Fanucci
Moris Farhi
Nina Farhi
Jennifer Farmer
Jill Farringdon
Michael Farringdon
Josephine Feeney
Elaine Feinstein
Michele Field
Ophelia Field
William Fiennes
Jane Findlay
Anne Fine, OBE FRSL
Ione Fine
Kit Fine
Najma Finlay
Iain Finlayson
Dr Karla Fitzhugh
James Flint
Neil Fodor
Annabel Foley
Sarah Fordham
Aminatta Forna
Naomi Foyle
Mark Frankland
Goerge Franklin
Michael Frayn
Harris W Freedman
Rosemary Friedman
Leah Fritz
Jonathan Fryer
Cristina Fuentes
Linda Gamlin
Omar García-Obregón
Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy
Rose George
Griselda Gifford
Suzy Gillett
Leigh Giurlando
Jo Glanville
Victoria Glendinning
Susannah Godman
Alda Gomez
Ricardo Gonzalez
Lyndall Gordon
Suzanne Gorman
Danioele Gould
Philip Gould
Rachel Gould
Pamela M Graham
Linda Grant
Rebecca Gray
Yvonne Green
J Greenhough
Lavinia Greenlaw
Paul Griffiths
Naomi Gryn
Kirsty Gunn
Shusha Guppy
Susana Gutierrez
Daniel Hahn
Mary Hamer
Ann Hamilton
Eve Hand
Nicolette Hardee
Pamela Hardyment
David Hare
Fraser Harrison
Justina Hart
Ronald Harwood
Mogib Hassan
Prof. Mark Haworth-Booth
Karen Hayes
Richard Hayes
Miranda Hearn
Jonathan Heawood
Dorris Heffron
C. Maggie Hernandez
Annie Hershkowitz
Liz Heron
Sarah Hesketh
Kelly Hewson
Elizabeth Hilliard
Frances Hillier
Alexander Hislop
Peter Hitchens
Eva Hoffman
Roy S Holland
Alan Hollinghurst
David Holman
Michael Holroyd
Jane Holt
Liu Hongbin
Ben Hooberman
Rebecca Horsfall
David Horspool
Sandra Howard
Janey Huber
Kathryn Hughes
Sunny Hundal
Robert Irwin
Reuben Israel
Rivka Israel
Anne Marie Jackson
Erwin James
Keith Jardim
Delia Jarrett-Macauley
Rohan Jayasekera
Christina Jefferies
June Jeffries
Frances Jessup
Derek Johns
Olivia Johnston
Ivan Jones
Jan Jones
Christopher Joseph
Valerie Josephs
Panoz Karnezis
Marek Kazmierski
Fiona Kendall
Barry Kernon
Anna Kiernan
Catheryn Kilgarriff
Francis King
Jane Kingswood
Emma Klein
T Koelb
Lynn Kramer
Hari Kunzru
Kay Lacey
Paul Laikin
Jennifer Langer
Richard Lansdown
Gerald Larner
David Larter
Josephine Larter
Simon Larter
Jennifer Latner
Stephen Latner
Sarah Lawson
Gavin Lee
Agnes Lehoczky
Paul Levy
Sophie Lewis
Nell Leyshon
Sue Limb
Sonja Linden
Bryan E. Lindenberger
Iona Lister
Sam Llewellyn
David Lodge
Amapola Lopez Staude
Sarah Lutyens
Lesley Lynch
Cairine MacBrayne
Hamish MacGillivray
John Mackay
Lindsay Mackie
Mary Kay Magistad
Marilyn A Malin
Anna Mandlik
Jessica Mann
Char March
Dennis Marks
Minette Marrin
Maryam Maruf
Barbara Mastropirro
Nouritza Matossian
Nancy Mattson
Annabelle May
Naomi May
Thomas McCarthy
Martine McDonagh
Ross McElwain
Patrick McGrath
Ian McEwan
Richard McKane
Neil McKenna
Andrew McKie
Ellen McKinlay
Michael McManus
Joanna Maria McNally
Susana Medina
Baman K.D.B. Mehta
Toby Mendel
Frances Merivale
Caroline Michel
Chris Miller
Miranda Miller
Charlotte Mirams
Andrian Mitchell
Kamin Mohammadi
Deborah Moggach
John Mole
Carole Moorehead
Jeffrey Morgan
Jonathan Morley
Benjamin Morris
Blake Morrison
John Morrison
Graham Mort
Anabela S. Moskovitz
Elaine Moss
Miriam Moss
Trevor Mostyn
Joyce Motley
Wendy Mulford
Clare Mulley
Henderson Mullin
Gretta Mulrooney
Adam Munthe
Nelly Munthe
Timeri N Murari
Tobias Munthe
Turi Munthe
Nicholas Murray
Deborah Murrell
Beverley Naidoo
Elizabeth Nathaniels
Amer Nazir
Joanne Neenan
Maria Luisa Negrin
Angela Neustatter
G.F. Newman
E.J.G. Newsam
Philippa Nicholson
Heather Norman Soderlind
Pamela Norris
Christine O’Brien
Jim O’Brien
Maggie O’Neill
Anita Ondine
Joseph O’Reilly
Iain Orr
Ewald Osers
Charles Palliser
Peter Parker
David Parrish
Nasrin Parvaz
Cati Patel
Elizabeth Paterson
Nazia Peer
Francisco J. Peñas-Bermejo
Michael Peppiatt
Penny Perrick
Henrietta Phipps
Kath Pick
Catrina Pickering
Deirdre Pickering
Joanna Pickering
John Pickering
Miranda Pigott
Winsome Pinnock
Dr Catherine Piper
Zoe Piponides
Andrea Pisac
Enrique Planells
Amy Beth Popovich
Stanley Price
Maggie Pringle
Jonathan Prichard
Michael Prodger
Josephine Pullein-Thompson
Kate Pullinger
Philip Pullman
Gary Pulsifer
Eugene Quinn
Linda Quinn
Prof. J K Radford
Jennifer Rahim
Dario Ramirez
Benjamin Ramm
Greta Rana
Kate Reardon
Anne Redmond
Nicola Reid
Eduardo Reyes
Dr Heather Reyes
Maria Reyes Menes Vazquez
Ali Reza Jabari
Emily Rhodes
Sonia Ribeiro
Oonagh Ribet
Eduardo Rivas
Isel Rivero
Maria Roberts
Sue Rose
Iain Rowan
Sioned Puw Rowlands
Katya Salmi
Sarah Salway
Michael Schmidt
Natasha Schmidt
Eugene Schoulgin
Ros Schwartz
Lawrence Scott
Lorna Scott Fox
Natasha Scott-Stokes
Anne Sebba
Elissa Segrave
Pio E. Serrano
Carole Seymour-Jones
Claudia Shaffer
Rouhi Shafii
Kamila Shamsie
Ann Shearer
Gohar Shemirani
Alan Sheridan
John Siddique
Rachel Sievers
Alan Sillitoe
Mrs Evelyn J Simons
Mary P Simpson
Ali Smith
Catherine Smith
Jane Smith
Joan Smith
Rachael Smith
Mary Helen Spooner
Marina Spyridaki
Nicola Spurr
Tom Stacey
William St Clair
Cath Staincliffe
Janet Stead
Juliet Stevenson
Julia Stonor
Tom Stoppard
John Stubbs
Arch Tait
Nick Taussig
Craig Taylor
Judy Taylor Hough
Pat Temple
Gloria Tessler
Christina Theisen
Jenny Thompson
Gillian Tindall
Pamela Todd
Liz Thomson
Claire Tomalin
Mary Tomlinson
Barbara Trapido
Jo Trapido
Emmanuel Trepanier
Anne Trevelyan
Paul Trewhela
Salil Tripathi
Joanna Trollope
Eva Tucker
Sarchen Uys
Stanley Uys
Judith Vidal-Hall
Cristina Viti
Daniel Wain
Lynne Walker
Clare Walmsley
Catherine Walter
Val Warner
Reza Washashi
Sir Arnold Wesker FRSL
Julian West
Timothy L. West
Rachel Wetzsteon
Robert White
Tony White
Dinah Wiener
Sian Williams
Astrid Wilson
James Wilson
Leslie Wilson
Jennifer Wingate
Nancy Winters
Frances Wood
Peter Wood Cotterill
Jessica Woollard
Susan J Yearwood
Zinovy Zinik

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