Congressman Rivera Welcomes Dr. Bicet’s Testimony



For Immediate Release

February 17, 2012

Congressman Rivera Welcomes Dr. Bicet’s Testimony, Applauds Efforts for Freedom and Democracy in Cuba

Washington, DC- Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) released the following statement on the testimony of Dr. Óscar Elías Bicet before the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing entitled Further Human Rights Violations in Castro’s Cuba: The Continued Abuse of Political Prisoners.

“Dr. Óscar Elías Bicet is a hero in the fight for a free and democratic Cuba.  At great personal peril, Dr. Bicet has made it his life’s work to denounce human rights abuses carried out by the Castro regime, and to establish a Cuban state based on the rule of law that respects human rights.

“I applaud Dr. Bicet’s bravery and greatly appreciate his willingness to appear before the House Western Hemisphere Subcommittee.  Dr. Bicet has once again highlighted the Castro regime’s abysmal record on human rights and the need for true democratic change for the people of Cuba.

“Dr. Bicet expressed what Cubans in the fight for freedom hope to see from Pope Benedict’s visit to the island next month.  He has asked Pope Benedict to make the call for free elections a central message of his visit.  It is my hope that Pope Benedict will respond to this request and support the right of self determination for the Cuban people, as well as take time to meet with brave opposition leaders like Dr. Bicet.”