|Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Palais Des Nations, Geneva photo by gruntzooki|
A 12 page decision from the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, dated November 23, 2012, and first released to the Cuban government on September 11, 2012 in a private communication and today the report has been made public. It calls for the release of Alan Gross and describes the legal process that he was subjected to in Cuba as not being "independent and impartial" and his imprisonment over the past three plus years as "arbitrary."
Background on Working Group
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1991 to investigate instances of alleged arbitrary deprivation of liberty. Its mandate was clarified and extended by the Commission to cover the issue of administrative custody of asylum-seekers and immigrants. In 2010, the Human Rights Council confirmed the scope of the Working Group's mandate and extended it for a further three-year period.
|Palais Des Nations, Geneva|