Listen to speeches from the press conference held on Friday at Metro Hall in Toronto.
From their website:
Attend the Peoples' Tribunal & Assembly – come and witness directly the proceedings of a unique quasi-judicial rendering that seeks to expose to the public all that went awry with the proceedings and legal trial in South Florida of five Cuban prisoners.
What is the tribunal?
It is an international opinion tribunal independent from state authorities. The Tribunal may use international human rights law and precedents of common law.
What is the purpose of the Tribunal?
To challenge the mainstream media's blackout so that they get involved in covering a story of what is very disturbing in the processes of the US justice system. The media has a choice either they cover an issue or they are complacent and tacitly ignore an injustice. It took a strong media to expose Watergate – the case of the Cuban Five is just as compelling– why the silence? Who gains from the silence?
Let's Break the Silence!
That is why; the outcry of thousands of concerned citizens over the past 15 years comes to a head, here in Toronto, at the Peoples Tribunal, be part of it!
Who comprises the People's Tribunal?
A panel of Magistrates of Conscience presides over the Tribunal. The Magistrates come from a wide cross section of highly respected members of the international community who bring their expertise to bear in hearing the case and rendering a final opinion.
How will the Tribunal be run?
The tribunal will take place on September 22nd. During the proceedings lawyers from Canada, Cuba and the US will provide details of the areas where there was the greatest miscarriage of justice in the courts of south Florida. The Tribunal will hear from impact witnesses and also experts from Europe, Canada, the US and Cuba. The families of the Cuban Five will bear testimony to their hardships concerning the barriers to prisoner rights and denial of visits imposed on them.
What is the final outcome of the Tribunal?
At the end of the proceedings the Magistrates of Conscience will render their decision, which will be published at the end of the session.
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