12-03-11 15:07
Cuba: Political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet released without forced exile

ISHR: One of the most important people of the opposition in Cuba is back

Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, one of the most famous Cuban political prisoners and honourable member of the ISHR, is FREE!

Frankfurt/Havana (March 12th, 2011) - The Castro brothers released one of the most famous political prisoners. The afro-cuban physician, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, is allowed to return to his wife Elsa Morrejón in Havana after 11 years in prison without forced exile. As the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) reports, the release traces back to the initiative of the Catholic Church. The news led to a big happiness of human rights activists in Cuba. Oscar Elias Biscet enjoys a high reputation in Cuba, says ISHR. This makes him to a possible leadership person for the time after Castro.

"With Oscar Elías Biscet the Cuban opposition gets one of their most important people back", says ISHR-speaker Martin Lessenthin happily. Because of that the release was a "small sensation". The today 50 years human rights activist was arrested during the so-called Cuban “Black Spring” in the year 2003 together with 74 other oppositionists ("Group of the 75") and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. He was accused to have committed "criminal actions against the sovereignty of Cuba". The physician and founder of the Lawton foundation for Human Rights in Cuba already served three years in prison before because of "subornation to public riot". In 2004 Dr. Biscet became a honourable member of the ISHR.

"Nothing is more far away from Biscet than violence", states Martin Lessenthin. In the tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, the religious Christ always preached the non-violent resistance against the dictatorship, which even led to his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Even the worst prison conditions didn't break him. According to information of the ISHR, due to his innocence he refused to wear prison clothes all the years. He remained true to himself and refused the offer in 2010, to change his freedom for an exile in Spain. Instead of that, he preferably stayed in prison.

Forced exile is a violation of human rights

According to information of the International Society for Human Rights, there are still three oppositionists of the so-called "Group of the 75" in jail: José Daniel Ferrer Garcá, Librado Linares Garcá and Felix Navarro Rodríguez. For that reason ISHR demands the immediate release of these human rights activists who are unfairly sentenced, without forced exile. "The deportation of oppositionists abroad is a popular method of the Castro regime, to get rid of them. This extremely violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights", declared the ISHR in regard to the recent occurrences in Cuba.

More information about Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet (in German):

More information about the human rights situation in the Republic of Cuba:

Advance notice:
Annual assembly of the ISHR on the 19th/20th of March 2011 at the Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bonn/Germany
Topic: No Tolerance for the New Censors
Cuba workshop at the 19th of March 2011 from 2.30 pm until 6.30 pm


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