Letter of Vaclav Havel to Oscar Elías Biscet
15.03.2011 / 21:47
Former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel welcomed the release of the Cuban prisoner of conscience Oscar Elías Biscet on March 11, 2011. One of the most important Cuban disidents, Biscet belonged to the "Group of 75" imprisoned in March 2003. Peacefully promoting human rights and democracy in Cuba, he spent the majority of the last 12 years in prison.
In Prague, March 12, 2011
I have always believed that the persecution and imprisonment of the Cuban opposition has been and continues to be an unlawful and brutal violation of the basic human rights and freedoms of people. The international solidarity and focused diplomatic attention have been effective and, because of this, the Cuban government has been forced to release some of the prisoners of conscience. I am glad I can now congratulate you, but, at the same time, I have not forgotten the other prisoners and I am determined to continue to call attention to their plight.