Press Advisory: URGENT ACTION REQUESTED – CFC calls on the int’l community to demand immediate release of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, and over 1,000 arbitrarily detained political prisoners in Cuba

Press Advisory

URGENT ACTION REQUESTED:  Center for a Free Cuba calls on the international community to demand immediate release of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, and over 1,000 arbitrarily detained political prisoners in Cuba

Contacts: John Suarez  (612)-367-6845 and Janisset Rivero (786)-208-6056 

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet arbitrarily detained today in Cuba.

Center for a Free Cuba. Washington DC, January 9, 2023. The following message was sent to international human rights organizations, civic leaders, and members of parliament.

Oscar Elias Biscet, Cuban human rights advocate and former political prisoner was detained by Cuba’s political police in Havana early this morning on the anniversary of the founding of the Emilia Project, his human rights organization. 

Other members of the Emilia Project were also detained in a large police deployment.  Their whereabouts are unknown and the writ of habeas corpus is not respected by the authorities.

Several Cubans have died while in police custody.  Biscet is a physician who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the United States. He is a follower of the civil disobedience doctrines of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

Cuba has more than one thousand political prisoners sentenced arbitrarily by kangaroo courts. Havana refuses to permit visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross to Cuba’s prisons, and other human rights organizations such as  Amnesty International to enter the island.

The Center for a Free Cuba calls on the international community to demand their immediate release. The European Union should suspend its economic assistance treaty with Havana until Cuban political prisoners are released.  In a petition circulating in various capitals, thousands are asking that Cuba be removed from the UN Council on Human Rights.

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