Ban on visiting Cuban nationals imprisoned in the United States
ORAL QUESTION H-0723/07
for Question Time at the part-session in October 2007
pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure
by Ilda Figueiredo
to the Council
Earlier this year I requested authorisation from the US government to visit the Cuban nationals René González, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramon Labañino and Fernando González, who are being unlawfully detained in US prisons. However, I was refused authorisation on the grounds that I did not know them before they were imprisoned.
It appears that in September this year two prisoners' wives were once again refused permits to visit their husbands, whom they have not been able to visit for nine years because of successive refusals.
What does the Council think of this situation, which does not constitute respect for these citizens' human rights? Is it willing to convey its concerns to the US authorities?