UN Informs Cuba that Detention of Alan Gross Violates International Law 4

The Algemeiner, December 5, 2012 @ 8:49pm

Josefina Vidal, head of North American Affairs at the Cuban Foreign Ministry, said in a press conference Wednesday that the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has informed Cuba that the country’s ongoing detention of Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross violates international law, the Associated Press reported. Dec. 3 marked the three-year anniversary of Gross’s arrest. He was sentenced to a 15-year prison term for helping Cuba’s Jewish community access the Internet. The contents of the UN arbitrary detention group’s ruling in favor of Gross, despite Vidal’s admission of defeat, have not yet been publicly released by Cuba. Gross’s attorney, Jared Genser, in a press release called for Cuba to reveal the full UN judgment “so that the international community can see what the United Nations has itself said.”

Comprised of neutral experts from Chile, Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, and Ukraine, the UN working group issues opinions that are not binding or enforceable, but could still be significant, Genser told JNS.org in October. “Having an independent and impartial group in the United Nations saying that he’s been held in violation of international law provides a very strong political and public relations tool to put pressure on the government of Cuba to resolve the case,” Genser said.



  1. Oh! A post about the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Its good to see that the Cuba Confidential blog recognizes the legitimacy or authority of the WGAD. I can’t wait to see your post about the WGAD’s report on the Cuban Five.

    Here’s a preview: “The deprivation of liberty of Mr. Antonio Herreros Rodrìguez, Mr. Fernando González Llort, Mr. Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Mr. Ramón Labaniño Salazar and Mr. René González Schweret is arbitrary, being in contravention of article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and corresponds to category III of the categories applicable to the examination of the cases submitted to the Working Group.”


  2. The deprivation of liberty of the Cuban 5 in NOT in contravention to but in FULL compliance with article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Do you mean that the Cuban 5

    1/ were not equal before the courts and tribunals in the US
    2/ were not presumed innocent until proved guilty
    3/ were not informed in Spanish of the charges against them, could not choose their own counsel, were tried in their absence and the witnesses against them were not examined, they were not assisted by an interpreter, were compelled to testify against themselves. It is true that they were held in solitary confinement for 17 months but it was so because the proceedings against them were long and complicated.
    4/ were not granted the right to have their sentence reviewed by a higher tribunal
    5/ were tried twice for an offence they had already been tried for

    These are the provisions of article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Where was this covenant violated Mr. Mambi Watch? You’d better sign your post with your true name as I do since I have nothing to hide and I am not trying to sow any doubts in the minds of the readers. Otherwise, your post is very suspect. It might even be a post by the Cuban MININT.

    Sergio Klein
    December 7 2012

  3. Sow doubts? Perhaps you didn’t read the report from the WGAD which I provided a link for. That’s their report adopted in 2005, just as a report will soon be released for the Alan Gross case. You can choose to review the facts provided there, or attack me instead.

  4. Si no entiendes bien el inglés te escribo en español. Tú dices que la privación de libertad de los 5 cubanos contraviene al artículo 14 del Convenio Internacional sobre Derechos Civiles y Políticos y yo intenté probarte lo contrario. Esto es todo. No me referí al informe http://www.unwgaddatabase.org Ve al grano en tu respuesta sobre la contravención al artículo 14 de dicho convenio.

    Y firma con tu nombre verdadero. Mi nombre es Sergiu (Sergio) Klein y vivo en Jerusalén, Israel. ¿Dónde tú vives, en Miami o en la Habana? No te ataco, sino me parece más justo hablar de igual a igual, de cara a cara, sin que te ocultes detrás de un seudónimo, como un encapuchado detrás de su capucha.

    Sergio Klein
    Dec 9 2012
    Jerusalén, Israel

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