Brazilian intellectual and theologian Frei Betto was given here the UNESCO-sponsored Jose Marti International Award and he dedicated it to the five anti-terrorist Cuban fighters unfairly held in US prisons since 1998.
During the award-granting ceremony, Betto paid tribute to Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino and Rene Gonzalez, serving harsh sentences in the United States for monitoring terrorist anti-Cuban groups based in Miami.
The ceremony was held in the opening of the Third International Conference for World Balance, running at the Havana Convention Center Jan.28-30, attended by more than 800 delegates from 39 countries.
UNESCO Deputy Director General for Social and Human Sciences, Pilar Alvarez Lazo, said that Betto is recognized for his work in line with Marti’s ideas, contributing to the unity and integrity of Latin American countries and to the defense of the identity, cultural traditions and historical values in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“I have embraced this path to fight for liberation, human rights, justice and peace along with so many comrades from Brazil and Latin America,. They are the ones who truly merit this distinction,” he said.