"Cuba's rulers promised "absolute respect for human rights." Instead they offered Cubans a police state. Hundreds of people are serving long prison sentences for political offenses such as the crime of "dangerousness” -- people such as Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and Normando Hernández, who we are recognizing this evening. To the Cuban dictatorship, these are "dangerous men." They are dangerous in the same way that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi were dangerous. They are both honest, decent men of convictions."Read more at: http://germany.usembassy.gov/timken_121207.html
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Dr. Biscet is still in Castro's prisons, so family members and supporters of Biscet will receive the medal for him in absentia.
President Bush will give the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civil award. The Medal is awarded by the President "to any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." President Bush will honor these recipients at a White House ceremony on Monday, November 5, 2007.
"Oscar Elias Biscet is a champion in the fight against tyranny and oppression. Despite being persecuted and imprisoned for his beliefs, he continues to advocate for a free Cuba in which the rights of all people are respected."
Friday, March 23, 2007
March 23 2007, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
"Dr. Elias Biscet’s (born 1962) “crime” was among others to document the government’s abortion methods and to publish the book “Rivanol: A method to destroy life” in April 1998. In this book he accuses the health authorities of numerous forced abortions."
"Among the most prominent prisoners that are portrayed in the exhibition is the Cuban Doctor Oscar Elias Biscet. The non-violent, committed Christian was sentenced to 25 years of prison for founding a human rights organisation that demands civil rights and the end of Fidel Castro’s 26-year autarchy. Even though he was threatened and tortured in prison, the Christian civil rights activist’s spirit is not broken."
Monday, March 19, 2007
From Human Rights First: Send a letter to Raul Castro, re: Four Years Since Cuba Crackdown: Release Activists Still in Prison - Dr. Biscet included in
"It has been four years since 75 peaceful human rights activists and independent journalists were rounded up by Cuban authorities, summarily and unfairly tried, and sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years."
On Fourth Anniversary of Clampdown, Rights Group Calls for Release of Prisoners - Dr. Biscet included in list
"Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet is a physician and president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, which peacefully promotes human rights and the rule of law. In reprisal for his human rights activities, the 41-year-old Dr. Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison and has been held in some of the harshest conditions, including in punishment cells and solitary confinement."
Saturday, March 03, 2007
March, 3, 2007 Elsa Morejón, Licensed Registered Nurse and wife of Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet González, president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights and prisoner of conscience...more
Fears grow in Cuba for well being of jailed pro-life dissident
HAVANA(CNA): Elsa Morejon, the wife of prominent pro-life activist and political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet, has issued an urgent appeal for medical treatment for her husband and for his transferal out of the harsh conditions of the prison cell where has been held for refusing to collaborate with the Castro regime and renounce his principles.
LiberPress published the open letter from Morejon, in which she describes the grave prison conditions Biscet must endure as part of a 25-year sentence for his non-violent struggle for civil rights and for his opposition to abortion and the death penalty, which are both legal in Cuba.
Amnesty International has classified Biscet as a prisoner of conscience since 1999. He was released after three years in prison, but he was arrested again one month later while he was preparing to meet with human rights activist in the city of Matanzas.
In 2003 Biscet was condemned to 25 years in prison for his efforts to achieve freedom, democracy and respect for civil rights.
Elsa Morejon revealed that her husband is subject to harsh prison conditions and is allowed family visits once every three months and spousal visits once every four months. In addition he is being held in a cell with no bed, lights, ventilation or chair and he is “taken out for fresh air” once a month. She said he depends greatly on the antibiotics and medicines that his family members are able to bring to him during their periodic visits.
In her letter Elsa Morejon cites several paragraphs from a letter she received from her husband: “Carrying out a sentence is very difficult for prisoners, but more so for a man of peace who was imprisoned for exercising his freedom of thought.”
“During these years here in prison,” the letter continued, “I have seen shameful things that I am unable to describe to you in words because of their perversity and their attack on the good mores of a civilized society. Despite this difficult situation I am not intimidated nor do I take any step backwards in my mind…I will carry out this unjust sentence until the most high God puts an end to it.”
"For an example of why I am sometimes ashamed to make my living in the MSM, go to Google News, type in "Oscar Biscet," perhaps the most prominent political prisoner in the Cuban gulag, and whose wife this week pleaded for the international community to come to his aid..." more