Cuban diplomat visits VIU

Human rights and medical care are the topics of discussion at a Vancouver Island University seminar Thursday (Oct 13).

Human rights and medical care are the topics of discussion at a Vancouver Island University seminar Thursday (Oct 13).

Jorge Soberón, Cuban Consul General in Toronto, is on a five-city B.C. tour, speaking at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, Bldg. 310, at 7 p.m.

He covers the case of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, known as the Cuban Five.

The men are serving four life sentences in U.S. prisons, convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1998.

Soberón’s talk also provides an update on Cuba’s medical mission in Haiti which began in 1998 after hurricane George hit the Caribbean country.

The VIU seminar is hosted by the school’s faculty association.

Admission is free but donations are welcome. Funds donated above tour expenses go to Cuba’s Haiti mission.

For more information, please e-mail eliza.gardiner@viu.ca or call 250-753-3245, ext. 2470.