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Leading Cuban Dissident Dr. Oscar Biscet Beaten and Arrested in Havana

By on 2.25.14 | 7:37PM

Leading Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Biscet was beaten and arrested in Havana today, according to his wife, Elsa Morejón. Biscet, a physician and winner of numerous human rights awards, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, has been advocating for human rights and democracy in Cuba for two decades.

I spoke with Biscet’s wife, Elsa Morejón, today by phone. She said:

“At 8: 00 this morning, Oscar was walking with eight others in Havana when state security approached them. They were all beaten and Oscar was shoved to the ground. He lost consciousness. All nine of them were taken away and I haven’t heard from them since.”

Biscet spent eight years in prison for his non-violent human rights work. He was released in 2011, when the Catholic Church in Cuba helped broker the release of scores of political prisoners. Biscet was the only released prisoner who refused to be exiled from the island, and has continued his work from his home in Havana since his release.

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