Friday, July 15, 2016

Cuban opposition activist Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet: U.S. Cuba policy undermines freedom

Testimony of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on July 13, 2016.
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet testifying in Congress on July 13, 2016

Good afternoon

Thank you for the opportunity to address you on behalf of the suffering people of Cuba.
This committee of the house directed by Congressman Christopher Smith has been an unshakable bastion of the promotion and defense of the freedom values of the American nation. 

These values that ennoble the human dignity for those whose rights are violated flagrantly and systematically in my nation.

In my country Cuba, a small group of individuals using criminal conduct have taken over the administrative power and through state terror have kidnapped the sovereignty and the freedom of the people and have set up a society of fear. For more than 57 years basic human rights: the freedom to talk, freedom of the press, to gather, of association and religious freedom have been undermined against the dignity of my people.

The socialist regime that rules my country, run first by Fidel Castro, and now, by his Brother Raul, was imposed by force with the use of weapons of war and overrode the 1940 Constitution. This constitution was suspended de facto and never abolished de jure; that is why even in theory it is still in force and it declares the Castro - communist regime as illegitimate.

The 1940 Constitution guarantees the freedom and the human rights of the Cuban People through its Letter of Rights in Chapter IV. This Letter was inspired in the American Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of 1788, that strengthens modern Democracy in the world, starting with its Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Actually, the Obama Administration has established diplomatic relations with the Dictatorship in Communist Cuba, violating The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity  or the HelmsBurton Law. But worst of all was the undermining of the American values of freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights of its Constitution.

Admirable Mr. Smith, Congresspersons, excellencies: I’m here today to highlight the honorable lesson of George Mason and Patrick Henry in the Congress of the State of Virginia, where they firmly opposed to ratify the Constitution of the United States until the Bill of Rights was introduced.

Congresspersons don’t allow that the creed of the United States, the Bill of Rights, continue to be violated flagrantly, don’t be tolerant maintaining the American and Cuban people separated in two nations, yours Free, and mine, Cuba, Slave. 

With your solidarity you not only enhance human dignity, but you accelerate the process through which democracy and freedom come to the Cuban people.

Thank you very much, God bless America, and Cuba

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