The following letter was written in 2007 by Winnie Biscet, daughter of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.
My Father, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was born on July 20, 1961 in Havana,
Cuba. My father is Founder and President of Lawton Foundation. This
organization is considered illegal by the Cuban government. My father,
Oscar is a Cuban physician and is a very spiritual man. I feel that he
follows the same philosophies as Dr. Martin Luther King and Thoreau.
Oscar was unjustly sentenced to three years in prison on February 26,
1999 for a crime of flying the Cuban flag upside down, which is an
International recognized symbol of distress. Before his sentence Oscar
had been arbitrarily detained twenty six times in eighteen months. On
February 1998, he was then expelled from the Cuban National Health
System. He and his family were evicted from their home. My father is
presently in prison right now because he continues to defend the Human Rights in Cuba. The Cuban prison is a place where no one wants to be.
It is a place where persons are restrained from any personal freedom.
The Cuban Government condemned my father to twenty-five years in
prison for his role in attempting to promote integrity and sovereignty
to the Cuban people. His life is constantly in danger in prison. He is
presently experiencing a lot of physical problems. He had lost weight
since he has been incarcerated and his teeth and mouth show signs of
deterioration. This is all due to the fact that he is not receiving
proper medical treatment that should be provided by the military
personnel. Most of the time my father is isolated in a cell as
punishment. He does not participate in any Communist activities and he does not like to go to the dining hall to eat because of inadequate
cleanliness. Proper healthy food is scarce in prisons. Prisoners get
into fights and then the authorities issue violations. The authorities
treat my father badly and of course they try to take away all of his
human rights. I know that prison life is very difficult for him but,
even with all of his physical problems, he seems to be coping well
mentally. That is something that I am thankful for.
My father is presently serving twenty-five years in a Cuban prison. He
is only allowed one visit every three months for two hours. Only two
people can be chosen to visit him. This becomes difficult to choose
between mother, father, brother, and wife. He tells me that all the
conditions are poor, poor, poor. I do remember when I use to go visit
my father in prison. I felt very disappointed about the situation and
I knew that it was an unhappy place to be. I noticed that a lot of the
prisoners seemed angry with their family and friends. They looked
depressed and many did not want to talk about anything. There is no
safety in a Cuban prison. I feel very depress about my father many
times, but I know that the one good thing that I can do is to study
hard and to work diligently. I know that my father will be very proud
I demand the immediate release of my father so that this peaceful
Human Rights Activist may continue his struggle to see his country
free one day. I ask men and women of good will, Human Rights
Organizations, the Press, Democratic Nations, and everyone who has a
voice, to denounce the Cuban Government for the unjust incarceration
of my father, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, whose only crime is to honor the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his country, Cuba.
-Winnie Biscet, daughter of Oscar Elias Biscet