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."