Friday, December 17, 2010

Stand with Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and the Cuban People

Campaign for the release of the Cuban Gandhi

Eight days away from Christmas 2010 and Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet will be spending his eleventh Christmas behind bars. The last Christmas Winnie Biscet, his daughter, spent with her father was in 1998. His supposed crime? A human rights defender and disciple of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. he wants to see Cuba transformed through nonviolent means into a free and democratic society.

Imprisoned in November of 1999 for holding a press conference he was released on October 31, 2002 and rearrested on December 6, 2002 while holding a human rights seminar at another dissident's home. He was imprisoned without trial until March of 2003 when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison during the Cuban Black Spring in which 75 Cuban prisoners of conscience, including Biscet, were sentenced to long and unjust prison sentences. All of them were recognized by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience.

Below is the official video from the Free Biscet Campaign:

Three things that you can do right now:

1. Sign the petition the Free Biscet campaign is circulating and tell your friends about it who you think would sign at

2. Let others know about the above video and if you have a youtube account subscribe to the channel and share the video with others.

3. As Christmas is approaching please take a moment to record your own message calling for Dr. Biscet's freedom and that of all Cuban prisoners of conscience. Additionally print out the poster below and photograph yourself with it and e-mail the digital image to it will be used in a special video that will highlight the plight of Dr. Biscet and Cuban political prisoners.

With the efforts of people of goodwill around the world perhaps Dr. Biscet's family will soon be spending Christmas with their father, son, and husband at home. Please help.

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