Open Letter to Amnesty International / Elsa Morejon

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and his wife Elsa Morejon, April 2011
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and his wife Elsa Morejon, 11 April 2011

I am Elsa Morejon Hernandez, wife of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet González, president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba. My letter is intended to report to you and to the world the injustices that to my husband and a group of Cuban ex-prisoners called the Group of 75 are being subjected to.

Two years ago, the prisoners of Cuba’s 2003 Black Spring of Cuba, were removed from prison by the Cuban government and placed on so-called parole. My husband is among the prisoners who chose not to accept exile and to stay in Cuba, the country he has vowed never to abandon. For this reason he has been deprived of his civil and political rights.

On several occasions, the Cuban government has denied him permission to visit relatives in the U.S., people working in human rights in Europe, as well as the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, who has invited him on several occasions to travel to that country.

The so-called parole means that, although he is at home, he has to continue to fulfill the unjust punishment of 25 years in prison with a high risk of being returned to prison for refusing to leave the country for good.

Although currently the reasons that these prisoners of the Cause of the 75 do not exist, the Cuban government has refused to legally release them. Instead they use this unjust legal concept as psychological pressure and personal threat.

Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet is a peaceful man, a lover of God and a defender of life. He is an ardent promoter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. My husband does not pose any threat to his fellow citizens, his citizens projects are open, democratic and for well-being of the people of Cuba.

Both my husband and I are Christians who feel immense love for family and community. However, the political police in Cuba spy on our privacy from outside my house, both electronically and with law enforcement personnel.

Recently my husband was subjected to personal surveillance and persecution by the political police on motorcycles through the streets of the community where we live, for no apparent reason, with the intention to intimidate him. According to my husband, one of these policemen threatened to return him to the cells in which he was crowded for more than 12 years.

The summary political trials where the prisoners of the Cause of the 75 were sentenced are examples of dark Cuban judicial system. I still remember the words of a defense counsel of one of them: “Justice is not politics.”

The physical and psychological integrity of my husband is the responsibility of the government of Cuba. They are responsible for anything that might happen to him.

Therefore: I want to thank, in advance, Amnesty International and all Human Rights NGOs in the free and democratic world and dignified people for demanding that the Cuba regime grant total and unconditional freedom to all political prisoners of conscience, including total freedom for Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet and all prisoners of the Cause of the 75.

March 19, 2013