Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    UN Informs Cuba that Detention of Alan Gross Violates International Law

    UN Informs Cuba that Detention of Alan Violates International Law

    December 5, 2012 8:49 pm 4 comments

    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 term for helping Cuba's Jewish community

    access the .

    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 , Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, and

    Ukraine, the UN working group issues opinions that are not binding or

    enforceable, but could still be significant, Genser told 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.