The Singer Juanes Supports the Nomination of the Ladies in White

Colombian singer Juanes has joined the international support to nominate the Ladies in White of Cuba, relatives of 75 political prisoners, for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, reported one of the nine Cubans who lead the initiative. The artist, who organized a controversial concert in Havana in 2009, supports the initiative in an email.

The singer of “A Dios Le Pido” and “La Camisa Negra”, noted that the patience, perseverance, and courage of the Ladies in White in Havana and “all the lonely women who seek freedom for their children or spouses who are political prisoners, hostages, or prisoners of war, deserve all the attention, respect and support of all.”

Juanes recalled in his email that “the Ladies in White supported the Peace Without Borders concert in Havana last September when other sectors were sharply opposed.”

A group of Cubans requested support in March for presenting the nomination of the Cuban group for their “courageous” action of appealing in a civil and peaceful manner for the release of political prisoners.

The initiative came from Peña, Pedro Pablo Alvarez, Miguel Sigler Amaya, Ariel Hidalgo, Heriberto Leyva, Eduardo Mesa, Adrián Leiva, Miguel Saludes and Tete Machado, who have sent their request to the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also to institutions and “citizens of the world who love freedom and promote respect for human rights.”

The Ladies in White are relatives of 75 political prisoners in Cuba jailed during what is called the Black Spring of 2003.

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