Cuban prisoner of conscience Dr.
Oscar E. Biscet and his family are being isolated, and subjected to
mistreatment by the government in the island.
June 7, 2004.
My name is Elsa Morejon Hernandez, wife of Dr. Oscar E. Biscet. My
husband is arbitrarily confined in a Cuban prison for defending the
human rights of the Cuban people. The Cuban government is violating all
rights he is entitled to according to the Cuban Penal System. My husband
is isolated from his family and we are only able to communicate with him
verbally every three months, during two hours. As a woman I feel I am
mistreated since my human rights are also being violated. The Cuban
government is continuously harassing me personally, by isolating me from
the outside world so that I am unable to inform of the situation my
husband is suffering.
We, Dr. Biscet’s family members, have told prison authorities that it is
inhumane to keep my husband incarcerated in a maximum security prison
serving a 25 year prison sentence, as it also inhumane to keep in jail
the rest of the Cuban political prisoners. Regardless of the fact that
Cuban authorities consider us mercenaries (a false accusation), our only
desire is to live in freedom in our own country.
Dr. Biscet is confined in a maximum security prison 150 km. away from
his home, in Destacamento #1, along with 100 or more common prisoners,
sharing a cell with six delinquents. The prison food is poor and
inadequate for a human being. The heat is unbearable, the water is
contaminated and recreational time is insufficient.
We are denouncing this situation, requesting the world’s intercession on
behalf of my husband whose present state of health is unknown to us. We
have not spoken to him since our last prison visit on April 14, 2004. We
also denounce the harassing phone calls we receive at home during the
night with verbal insults, a violation of women’s rights. Sadly, these
calls are supposedly made by individuals with masculine voices who call
We wish to inform the world of these
arbitrary violations the Cuban government commits against defenseless
women. I make use of my right to speak, the only weapon I have to defend
myself of these injustices perpetrated against Cuban citizens who oppose
the Cuban regime.
Thank you very much,
Family members of Dr. Oscar E. Biscet
Elsa Morejón Hernández, RN
Acosta No.464 entre 8va y 9na, Lawton, Ciudad Habana, Cuba
Tel: + 53-7-991774
Urgent solidarity is needed from heads of states, leaders of political,
civic, religious and professional organizations, the press, and all men
and women of good will worldwide in demanding before the Cuban
government the unconditional and immediate freedom of Dr. Oscar Elias
Biscet and all those Cuban political prisoners whose only crime is to
honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their own country.
Courtesy: Testimony obtained via
telephone from Cuba. Recorded and transcribed by the Cuban Democratic
Directorate (305-279-4416). Translated to English by the Coalition of
Cuban-American Women/LAIDA CARRO. E-mail: