MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK
April 17, 2000
volume 11, no. 76
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CUBAN CATHOLIC DISSIDENT PROPOSED FOR PEACE NOBEL PRIZE

    HAVANA (CWNews.com) - The most influential leaders of the Cuban dissident movement agreed yesterday to nominate Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in defending human rights of Cubans, including the unborn.

    Biscet, founder of the Lawton Society for the Defense of Human Rights, was sentenced in March to three years in prison after he lead several protests against abortion and the death penalty.

    The committee created to promote Biscet's candidacy for the peace prize, includes the most prominent leaders of dissident organizations including as Elizardo Sanchez, Jesus Yanez, Maria de los Angeles Melendez, and Carlos Alberto Dominguez.

    Dominguez, head of the illegal "Democratic Party," claimed that "Biscet has become a figure similar to Mahatma Ghandi in Cuba, because of the power of his convictions and his absolutely peaceful means."

    The committee has sent a letter to the leaders of the "Group of 77" gathered in Havana, asking them to support Biscet's candidacy despite "the censorship of the Cuban government which will not allow you to see for yourselves the lack of political and civil rights suffered by the people of Cuba."

          

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