Monday, February 21, 2011

Updates on the Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign
ProLibertad Hotline: 718-601-4751

The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign is asking our allies and supporters to take some
time to write to both the Puerto Rican Political prisoners (Oscar Lopz Rivera and
Avelino Gonzalez Claudio) in these difficult times. Oscar was recently denied
parole and Avelino has finally been moved to a new prison.

Both brothers have been through incredible stress and need our support. Please
these updates and forward out.

Oscar Lopez Rivera Update:
February 18, 2011

Today the U.S. Parole Commission issued its decision in the case of Puerto Rican
political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, stating “Deny
parole. Continue to a 15-year reconsideration hearing in January 2026 or continue to
expiration, whichever comes first.”

In a decision which ignored the express will of the Puerto Rican people and those
who believe in justice and human rights, counting tens of thousands of voices supporting his immediate release, the Commission ignored
the evidence establishing that Oscar met all the criteria for parole, and also ignored its own rules in the process. Among these many
ignored voices are members of legislatures including the United States Congress; the
state legislatures of New York, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania; the city councils
and county boards of many locales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; the mayors of many towns in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including the Association of
Mayors of Puerto Rico; bar associations including the Puerto Rico Bar Association,
the National Lawyers Guild and the American Association of Jurists; clergy and
religious organizations, including the Ecumenical Coalition representing every
religious denomination in Puerto Rico; human rights advocates, academics, students,
artists, community organizations, and workers.

Oscar, his family, his attorney, National Boricua Human Rights Network in the U.S.
and the Comité Pro Derechos Humanos in Puerto Rico want to express our deepest
gratitude for the vast support for his release.

Oscar and his attorney Jan Susler will meet next week to discuss the decision.
Meanwhile, the National Boricua Human Rights Network in the U.S. and the Comité Pro
Derechos Humanos in Puerto Rico will continue the campaign to express to the Parole
Commission the depth and breadth of support for Oscar’s immediate release.

Oscar Lopez Rivera #87651-024FCI Terre Haute PO Box 33Terre Haute, IN, 47808

Avelino Gonzalez Claudio Update:

Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Avelino González Claudio has once again been
relocated to another Federal Correctional Facility. Avelino is now in the State of
Kentucky. He is being provided more adequate health care than in recent times. He is
also finally in the general population and able to exercise on a more regular basis.
Please keep him in your hearts and minds.

Avelino González Claudio
FCI Ashland
PO Box 6001
Ashland, KY 41105

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