On June 15 the US Supreme Court declined without comment to review the case of the “Cuban Five.” German author Günter Grass, Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchú and eight other Nobel Prize winners had joined supporters filing amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the 2001 convictions of the five Cuban men charged with spying against the US. Eleven other groups, including legislators from the European Parliament, also filed briefs, and a panel of the United Nations Human Rights Commission condemned the original trial for the men; this was the first time the panel ever condemned a US judicial proceeding. (Reuters, June 15; Miami Herald, June 9)
From Weekly News Update on the Americas, June 14
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