Nobel Peace Prize for Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet

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We, the undersigned, would like to nominate Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as you all know, this Petition can only come from members of academies, university professors, scientists from numerous countries, previous Nobel Laureates, members of parliamentary assemblies and others, but not from regular citizens; this is the reason we contact you for this matter. We hope you can help us by submitting this candidate, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, for the Nobel Peace Prize for the coming year.

Dr Biscet is the Founder and President of The Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, founded in 1997 in Havana, Cuba, as a non-governmental humanitarian and peaceful organization based upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Lawton Foundation for Human Rights promotes the study, defense, and denunciation of human rights violations inside Cuba and wherever the rights and liberties of human beings are disregarded.

At this time, Dr Biscet; who was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 20th of 1961, to a family of modest means, and who obtained his degree as a specialist in Internal Medicine in 1985; is in Prison. On December 6, 2002, in Havana, when he was preparing to meet with human rights activists from Matanzas as part of the Club for Friends of Human Rights, the Cuban Secret Police detained him along with many of the activists. The group staged an act of nonviolent civil disobedience by lying down in front of the home and saying: Long live human rights and freedom for political prisoners. On this occasion, the peaceful protestors were arrested and taken to the Tenth Unit of the National Revolutionary Police (Dйcima Unidad de la PNR) on Acosta Avenue. During this prison period, he was placed for 19 days in a calabozo (punishment cell.)

After several months in prison and having been transferred from Villa Marista to Combinado Del Este Prison, on April 2003, Dr. Biscet was charged in a summary judgment with violation of Article 91 of the Cuban Penal Code which refers to crimes against state security. This time he was sentenced to a 25 year prison term. Presently, this peaceful human rights activist and devout Christian, follower of the philosophies of H. D. Thoreau, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, and Martin Luther King, Jr., remains in prison due to his struggle for justice in Cuba.

We believe Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet deserve the Nobel Peace Prize due to his peaceful Human Right Activisms, not only in Cuba, but wherever the rights and liberties of human beings are disregarded. We hope to count with your support.

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Nosotros, los firmantes, quisiйramos pedir la nominaciуn para Premio Nobel de la Paz del Dr. Oscar Elнas Biscet. Sin embargo, por ser esta Nominaciуn solo aceptada de representantes de algъn gobierno, previos ganadores, Profesores y Rectores de Universidades, Cientнficos y otros, no asн de ciudadanos comunes, quisiйramos contar con su apoyo para tal causa.

El Dr. Biscet fue uno de los creadores y Presidente de la FUNDACIУN LAWTON DE DERECHOS HUMANOS que se fundу en 1997 en La Habana, Cuba, como organizaciуn no gubernamental, pacнfica y humanitaria, que promulga los principios establecidos por la Declaraciуn Universal por los Derechos Humanos. La Fundaciуn Lawton de Derechos Humanos promueve el estudio, la defensa y la denuncia de violaciones de derechos humanos dentro de Cuba y dondequiera que se violen los derechos y libertades de los seres humanos.

En estos momentos el Dr. Biscet, que naciу de orнgenes humildes en La Habana, Cuba, el 20 de julio de 1961 y en 1985 obtuvo su tнtulo en Medicina, con especializaciуn en Medicina Interna, se encuentra preso acusado de haber violado el Artнculo 91 del Cуdigo Penal de Cuba que se refiere a delitos contra la seguridad del estado. Sin embargo, su verdadero delito fue querer reunirse en La Habana con un grupo de activistas de derechos humanos de Matanzas como parte del proyecto Club de Amigos de los Derechos Humanos.

El grupo llevу a cabo un acto no violento de desobediencia civil durante el cual se acostaron frente a la casa y gritaron: Vivan los derechos humanos! y Libertad para los presos polнticos!. Durante esta actividad arrestaron a los manifestantes pacнficos y los llevaron a la Dйcima Unidad de la Policнa Nacional Revolucionaria en la Avenida Acosta. Durante esta detenciуn, el Dr. Biscet estuvo preso en un calabozo por 19 dнas. Despuйs de cumplir varios meses de prisiуn y de ser trasladado de Villa Marista a la Prisiуn Combinado del Este en abril de 2003, se le acusу, en un juicio sumario, y se le condenу a 25 aсos de prisiуn. Actualmente, este pacнfico activista a favor de los derechos humanos, cristiano devoto, seguidor de las filosofнas de H.D. Thoreau, Gandhi, Dalai Lama y Martin Luther King, Jr., continъa preso por su lucha a favor de que se restaure la justicia en Cuba.

El Dr. Oscar Elнas Biscet es merecedor, y lo ha demostrado con su lucha firme y pacifica a favor de los Derechos Humanos, del Premio Nobel de la Paz, por lo que esperamos contar con su apoyo.

Sinceramente,