Tuesday, August 3, 2010



Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Miami 5 imprisoned in the US for fighting
terrorism, is suffering under another punishment from the US government.

Since 21 July, Gerardo has been held in the ‘hole’ – a windowless cell of
7x3 feet which he shares with another prisoner, with little ventilation
and reaching temperatures of 95 degrees.

He is unable to take a shower and is taken outside in a cage for just one
hour every other day.

Not only is this cruel punishment being imposed without explanation, and
preventing Gerardo from seeing his lawyers at a crucial stage in his
preparation for Habeas Corpus, but it has also been imposed while Gerardo
is experiencing health problems.

In April Gerardo requested a medical appointment for medical conditions
developed while in prison, including high blood pressure. Three months
later, on 20 July 2010 he was seen by a doctor. The doctor prescribed a blood
test for a bacterium which is circulating throughout the prison, but instead, the
following day, 21 July 2010, Gerardo was put in the hole.

This is the third time in Gerardo’s twelve years in prison that he has
been placed in the hole while preparing for an appeal. He is currently unable
to see or have any contact with this legal team while under this inhumane

This inhumane punishment is another in the repeated violations of his
human rights while in USP Victorville in California. For twelve years, the US
government has denied him the basic right to receive visits from his wife

Please take urgent action on behalf of Gerardo today. Please, write, email
or fax the three contacts below today and demand that Gerardo be:

• Returned immediately to the general population
• Receive urgent medical attention
• Allowed visits by his wife Adriana Perez
• Given space and respect as he prepares for his appeals

US State Department
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Fax Number: 1-202-647-2283

Federal Bureau of Prisons
Director Harley G. Lappin
320 First St., NW,
Washington, DC 20534

E-mail: info@bop.gov

US Justice Department
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Email: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.

Please feel free to write in your own words or use the sample letter

Dear [insert relevant name]

I am writing to you with urgent concern for Gerardo Hernandez who is > serving a
double life sentence in USP Victorville. I understand that he has been
confined to the hole since 21 July 2010 and I am deeply concerned that he has not
received adequate medical care for his health problems or the blood test
prescribed by the prison doctor on 20 July 2010.

Gerardo is also currently preparing for Habeas Corpus with his lawyers and
while held under these conditions he has been denied contact with them
during this vital stage in his appeal.

I urge the authories to ensure that Gerardo Hernandez be:

• Returned immediately to the general prison population
• Receive urgent medical attention
• Allowed visits by his wife Adriana Perez
• Given space and respect as he prepares for his appeals

I believe the US government and prison authorities hold responsibility for
the life and physical wellbeing of Gerardo Hernandez and I sincerely hope
wift action will be taken.

Thank you for giving this matter your urgent attention, I look forward to
your response.

Yours sincerely

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