DR Juan Escalona Reguera was awarded the 2011 National Law Prize during the closing session of the 7th National Union of Cuban Jurists Congress for his links with law, his work on the development of this science, his outstanding contributions and profound knowledge of its teaching and practice.
Legal professionals reaffirmed their commitment to support the implementation of the guidelines of the economic and social policy of the Communist Party and the Revolution with norms adjusted to the current economic context.
José Ramón Machado Ventura, Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers, sent a message to the Congress highlighting improvements in the organization’s work and legal ethics.
Aware of all the violations in the case of the Five, delegates condemned the cruel and intransigent policy which is keeping them in prison and called on the U.S. President to make use of his executive authority and stipulate their immediate release and return to Cuba.
Mirta Rodríguez, Antonio Guerrero’s mother, reiterated the need for solidarity and Cuban jurists’ call for commitment to action to bring the five heroes home, as a matter of urgency given the 13 years of their unjust incarceration.
Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada, member of the Political Bureau and President of the National Assembly of People's Power, stated that this had been an opportune moment to focus Congress discussions on strengthening institutionalism and updating the Cuban economic model, given the responsibility of jurists in this context.
Arnel Medina was ratified as president of the Union of Cuban Jurists and various member of the guild were recognized, as were Holguín, Granma, Camagüey and Villa Clara, as consistently outstanding provinces in the organization over the last six years.