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November 20, 1998
LAWTON FOUNDATION CARRIES OUT SYMBOLIC FUNERAL, FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.
HAVANA - On the 40th anniversary of the International Declaration of Children's Rights, the Lawton Foundation carried out a symbolic funeral at Hijas De Galicia Hospital in the Havana municipality called "Tenth of October." The organizers were protesting the violations of the rights of children in Cuba.
They carried a small coffin covered in white. On one side was a cross saying, "ABORTION: MURDER OF CHILDREN" and on the other side was: "ABORTION: CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY." Members of the organization gathered in the vicinity of the Hijas de Galicia Hospital, displaying posters and black bands on their forearms as a sign of mourning.
The coffin represented victims of the communist system: those shot by firing squad for alleged political crimes, children assassinated through abortions and possibly as many as a score of minors killed when the tugboat "13th of March" was sunk.
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez described this event to Cuba Free Press and added: " We displayed 6 signs which we left hanging on the windows of said obstetric hospital and which read: "NO TO THE DEATH SENTENCE, NO TO ABORTION," "JUSTICE," "MURDER OF CHILDREN."
A bunch of flowers was placed before the coffin, 300 copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were handed out to passersby and Rolando M. Yyobre read a document.
Sources close to the executive board of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights said Dr. Laura Fernández, director of the Assistance Unit at the hospital, alleged that Dr. Biscet was guilty of a public protest, suggesting he would surely pay with jail following her alert to forces of the Office of State Security (OSS), Ministry of Interior (MININT).
By Odalys Curbelo, Cuba Free Press.
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