Harvard Students for Human Rights in Cuba

I meant to post this last week but I was busy with everything BUCL was doing to support Dr. Darsi Ferrer and other Cuban dissidents.
Andrew Velo-Arias, a Harvard student, penned a column about the Afro-Cuban political prisoner, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, for the Harvard Crimson:

One such victim of abuse, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Fidel Castro’s dictatorship for vocalizing his opposition to the government and, even worse, for defending human rights. In 1998, Dr. Biscet uncovered the government practice of chemically inducing abortions through the use of a drug called Rivanol. In a book titled “Rivanol: A method to destroy life,” Biscet described government-mandated abortions being used as a method of contraception. This drug caused viable fetuses to be born alive, only then to either bleed to death or be wrapped in paper and asphyxiated.
Denouncing this practice cost Biscet not only his physician’s license and his home, but all claims to liberty. After being released from an initial three-year sentence, Biscet continued to advocate for freedom of speech and the extension of human rights to the Cuban people, creating the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights. After organizing a peaceful meeting at a friend’s house to discuss human rights violations in Cuba, the state police barged in, dragged the men onto the street, and beat them while their spouses and children watched. His perseverant focus on human rights landed him a 25 year sentence in 2003.

Read the whole thing here.
Here we see that at Harvard at least some of the students aren’t che-worshiping robots:

5 thoughts on “Harvard Students for Human Rights in Cuba”

  1. Great article by Velo-Arias! Maybe it will help motivate at least one leading African-American leader to rethink their worshiping of castro.

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