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Hogan Lovells Client Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

15 February 2011

Washington, D.C., 15 February 2011 – Hogan Lovells, Freedom Now, and the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights are pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Hungary, members of the Parliament of Canada, members of the United States Congress, members of the European Parliament, members of the British House of Lords, and a leading member of another government.

Hogan Lovells, along with Freedom Now, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that seeks to free nonviolent prisoners of conscience around the world through legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts, has represented Dr. Biscet for the past six years.

"Dr. Biscet is an unwavering advocate for human rights and democracy in Cuba," said Jeremy Zucker, co-founder of Freedom Now and a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP. "It has been an honor to represent Dr. Biscet for the past six years, and he is a most deserving candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize."

Dr. Biscet is a renowned human rights activist who has paid tremendous personal cost for his advocacy since the 1980s. As a medical professional, founder and President of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, and leading organizer of the Friends of Human Rights group in Cuba, he has dedicated his life to defending the fundamental rights of the Cuban people. Dr. Biscet was arrested most recently in late 2002 for exercising basic civil liberties, convicted on sham charges, and continues to serve a 25-year prison sentence.

In a letter to Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in Norway, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wrote, "Dr. Biscet is a man of courage and dignity," and asked that the Committee consider Dr. Biscet’s "relentless and self-sacrificing struggle for universal human rights and freedom."

Members of the United States Congress wrote, "Cuba today is at a crossroads. Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr. Óscar Biscet González—a Cuban human rights defender unalterably dedicated to nonviolent social change—will point the way ahead, toward a constructive future for all of the people of Cuba."

 
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