Hogan Lovells Client Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González, Human Rights Advocate, Released from Prison in Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C., 16 March 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that its client Óscar Elías Biscet González was released from prison in Cuba this past Friday, 11 March. Dr. Biscet, a noted advocate for human rights and democratic freedoms in his native Cuba, had been arrested in late 2002 for exercising basic civil liberties, convicted on sham charges, and imprisoned on a 25-year sentence. Dr. Biscet’s release follows the July 2010 announcement by the Cuban Catholic Church that a number of unjustly imprisoned Cuban political prisoners would be freed.


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. Last month, Hogan Lovells announced that Dr. Biscet had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


“Dr. Biscet has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and democracy,” said Jeremy Zucker, co-founder of Freedom Now and a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP. “It was wonderful to speak with him and hear the joy of freedom resonating in his voice. While we are pleased that Óscar has been released from prison, he never should have been imprisoned in the first place. We look forward to the day when everyone in Cuba is truly free.”


Dr. Biscet, a medical professional, is the founder and President of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights and a leading organizer of the “Friends of Human Rights” group in Cuba. He was repeatedly subjected to inhumane treatment during his imprisonment. His cause has been taken up by supporters of human rights around the world, as numerous governments and the United Nations for years have called for his release. Dr. Biscet was awarded (in absentia) the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2007 and has received numerous other awards for his non-violent advocacy for human rights and political freedom in Cuba.


The Hogan Lovells pro bono practice, founded more than 40 years ago, is focused on client success and is among the most active and productive in the world. Each year, Hogan Lovells lawyers around the world provide pro bono legal assistance to hundreds of individuals in need, charities, and nonprofit social enterprises.   


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