Thursday, May 28, 2015

President Obama's Human and Moral Challenge: Oscar López Rivera

[Last] week, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a letter to President Obama, with a copy to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking him to immediately commute the sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

No other prisoner for reason of conscience, in no other region, has served 34 years in prison. Not even Nelson Mandela, who suffered prison for 27 years (seven less than Oscar), and whose cell president Obama visited with amazement and absorption, as if his decision to continue the imprisonment of Oscar López didn’t weigh on his conscience; Oscar who, the same as Mandela, was accused of “seditious conspiracy,” and who did not kill or harm anyone.


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