Desde Dentro de Cuba.

Distribuido por Cuba Free Press, Inc. -

15 de Junio del 2000


HAVANA.- In vain, Elsa Morejon, wife of the imprisoned Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, on June 14 traveled the 768 kilometers from Havana to the “Cuba Si” prison in the eastern province of Holguin, accompanied by her brother-in-law and 66-year-old mother-in-law. This was her fourth monthly visit.

When the three reached the fail, authorities said Dr. Biscet was not available, since he was being punished in an isolation cell for 21 days, barred from seeing anyone. During this time he is denied access to his bible and family visits. The family is allowed to take one bag of food and toiletries each month.

Justo Téllez Nápoles, head of prison "reeducation" met with the family, stating that the isolation was in retaliation for Dr. Biscet’s refusal to carry out communist prison duties or participate in communist prison activities, a behavior considered to interfere with prison discipline.

According to Téllez, after 21 days in isolation, the prisoner’s conduct will be evaluated.

Dr. Oscar Biscet is the world-renowned president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, a humanitarian organization that promotes the defense of all human rights and thus is considered illegal by Cuban authorities. On Feb.25, 2000, Dr. Biscet was tried as a common criminal, sentenced to three years in prison, and transferred to " Cuba Sí " prison on the eastern end of the Island. Dr. Biscet declared himself a "plantado" - a prisoner who would not perform any activities or follow any rules that would diminish his ideals and dignity, a form of nonviolent civil disobedience.

Upon his arrival at "Cuba Sí" prison, Dr. Biscet was held down by eight guards so as to shave his head and remove his beard. He was seriously cut in the process.

Subsequently, he was denied access to the prison library for his unwillingness to participate in communist political activities.

On June 7, 2000 Dr. Biscet declared himself on a 40-day fast honoring a historical fast he successfully promoted a year ago in which hundreds of peaceful human rights activists in the Island united with Cuban exiles abroad to demand freedom for all political prisoners and human rights for Cuba. A fellow prisoner fasting in support of Dr. Biscet has been transferred elsewhere. Apparently afraid that others might join in this peaceful protest, the doctor has been isolated from fellow inmates with whom he had good relations. He was spending his time teaching many of them to read and write.

Friends of Dr. Biscet in Miami issued a statement sayng, “We urgently ask all dignitaries of democratic nations, human rights, and health organizations, the international press and all men and women of good will to demand of the Cuban government Elsa Morejón's right to have immediate access to her husband, whose physical and mental well-being are unknown. We denounce the unjust incarceration of Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, a Cuban physician whose only crime is to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his own country. “

Elsa Morejón's recorded testimony is available from the Support Committee for the Lawton Foundation, U.S.A. whose e-mail address is:

P.O. Box 652035
Miami, FL 33265-2035
Phone: (305)270 8779 -- Fax: (305)595 1883

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