!*Int'l. conf. on Puerto Rican political prisoners - Havana, (fwd)

marta rodriguez (rmarta@world.std.com)
Sat, 14 Sep 1996 18:25:32 -0400 (EDT)

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Subject: !*Int'l. conf. on Puerto Rican political prisoners - Havana,


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)Date: Thu, 22 Aug 1996 14:38:56 -0400 (EDT)
)From: Paul Steven Lefrak <plefr@umich.edu>

)Subject: Int'l. conf. on Puerto Rican political prisoners - Havana, Nov. ,
18-20, 1996
)The following announcement is taken from a pamphlet put out by the
)Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin
)America (OSPAAAL). For further information, contact the organization
) Havana, Cuba
) Nov. 18-20, 1996
)Participation Requirements:
)Languages: Spanish, English, French
)Inscription fee: $30.00 US
)Daily tourist package per person: Between $25-51 in single or double
)rooms in either the Capri Hotel or the Vedado Hotel. Includes lodging,
)breakfast, in/out transfer, guide service.
)For further information:
)OSPAAAL Secretary-General
)Calle C No. 670 esq. a 29, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba
)Apartados 4224 y 6130.
)Telephone: (53-7)3-5136 / 30-0583 / 31-3101 and 30-5510
)Fax: (53-7)33-3985 / 32-0490 / 33-3860 / Telex: 512259
)Ever since its inception thirty years ago, the Organization of Solidarity
)of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL), has featured
)a continued solidarity with the struggle and just demands of people
)throughout the world.
)The legitimate and long-lasting struggle against first Spanish and then
)US colonial oppression waged by Puerto Rico in the defense of its full
)right to independence, as well as the demands for freedom for its
)patriots in prison for their commitment to this emancipating endeavor,
)have been permanent banners of solidarity that OSPAAAL has waved since
)its founding in support of its Puerto Rican brothers and sisters.
)The just solidarity generated by this case is summarized by Che Guevara
)when he states:
)"... in spite of that powerful transgression of its will and historical
)destiny, the Puerto Rican people has preserved its culture, Hispanic
)heritage and national sentiments which show an inexorable vocation for
)independence in the masses of that Latin American island."
)It is outrageous that at the threshold of the 21st century, UN Resolution
)1514 (XV) for the elimination of colonialism in all its phases and
)manifestations; the agreements of the Committee on the Decolonization of
)Puerto Rico and the declaration of support by various multilateral
)forums, including the Non-Aligned Movement and a large number of public
)opinion sectors and the international community - appear to be a dead
)letter for the US government, that has consistently opposed that Puerto
)Rican exercises its legitimate right to self-determination and independence.
)Owing to these colonial ties, the Puerto Ricans have been subjected to:
)massive sterilization of women, forced transfer of its population, the
)plunder of its natural resources, global environmental poisoning, and the
)permanent attack to its language and culture, compulsory military draft
)of its nationals to take part in the US wars under the threat of
)imprisonment, the militarization of its country, and the use of its
)territory for imperialist adventures in the Caribbean and Latin America,
)and, finally, the persecution, imprisonment, torture and assassination of
)those opposing the occupation regime of the US.
)The persistence of colonialism in Puerto Rico is responsible for the
)series of inhuman and political imprisonment of some of its patriots:
)Pedro Albizu Campos' during the '30's, Lolita Lebron's, Rafael Cancel
)Miranda's and his comrades in 1950, and the fifteen prisoners during the
)'80's that are still in prison in the US, are examples of this dramatic
)These fifteen Puerto Ricans have been in prison, in general terms, for
)more than fifteen years. Five women and ten men have been sentenced to
)disproportionate sentences which are much more severe than the standard
)ones imposed to rapists and drug-traffickers in the US. Their exile and
)geographical estrangement from their relatives and supporting groups
)constitute an additional punishment. Moreover, the jail conditions both
)infringe and violate their basic human rights, including body search,
)daily inspection of their body cavities, and language and sleep sensorial
)The cruelty and arrogance of the intervening nation against the Puerto
)Rican prisoners have brought about an increasing outcry in favor of their
)release among Puerto Ricans, regardless of their party affiliations, and
)have grouped religious denominations - Catholics and Protestants, and
)different civic, cultural and social sectors.
)It is a summons for world consciousness advocating Puerto Rico's right to
)independence, an appeal to everyone who feels it is their duty to join
)with their personal commitment and experience to this just and
)humanitarian call for freedom for the Puerto Rican political prisoners.
)It is a reciprocal commitment for those who have suffered political
)imprisonment, a rostrum for all activists and defenders of human rights
)of the peoples of the world.
)Executive Secretariat