Letter written by Oscar Elias Biscet, from Havana, August [1st. 2007] Prison Combinado del Este, 2nd floor, cell 12232
To the people of Cuba, fellow citizens, people in fasting
The people of Cuba have been suffering the contempt of a totalitarian tyranny, communism, for over more than four decades. Due to this cruel treatment where the honor of the people is violated, many Cubans have gotten indignant and have risen and joined together to fast and pray to the God of the Bible and demand that the government sign the International Agreements of Human Rights (International Agreements for Civil and Political Rights, and the other for the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights) created in 1966 by the international community of the United Nations.
As we have well expressed, these demands are to the government of Cuba, independently of who is the head of the government because we say, like the people of Boston: “Tyranny is tyranny, no matter where it comes from.”
That’s why we must continue our day of prayer and fasting until the signing is achieved and the practice of respecting the human rights of the people of Cuba is fulfilled. We must speed up the quest for these basic human rights by means of civil disobedience and by putting into practice all the methods to achieve our humanitarian aims.
“If there is no fight, there is no progress…”
“Power does not grant anything without a demand. It has never done it, and it never will.” (Frederick Douglass)
We have the right to be free, to use our sovereignty as individuals and as people and “Only freedom produces peace and wealth.” (Jose Marti)
Here in this dark box where they make me live, I will be resisting until freedom for my people is gained.
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet
President of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights
Originally posted October 28, 2010