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UA 171/91 - Dominican Republic: torture and ill-treatment / death in custody: Joubert Pierre

, Index number: AMR 27/002/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 27/02/91
Distr: UA/SC
UA 171/91 Torture and Illtreatment/ 17 May 1991
Death in Custody
Amnesty International is concerned about the reported torture and ill-treatment
and subsequent death in custody of Haitian citizen Joubert Pierre.
According to reports, Joubert Pierre was detained on 20 April 1991 by
police agents at his home in Boca Chica, a sugar producing town located 34
kilometres from Santo Domingo, where he lived with his mother. He was accused
of having stolen a gas cylinder. He was reportedly first taken to a police
station in Andrés Boca Chica and later transferred to police headquarters in
Boca Chica.
The reports indicate that immediately upon arrest he was beaten by the
police. On 24 April 1991, Joubert Pierre was able to tell some people who visited
him that he had been severely tortured by the police. According to reports,
he had injuries on his face and chest. On a subsequent visit, his mother was
told by the police that her son had been sent to the Dr. Luis Aybal Hospital.
When she went to visit him however, she was told he was not there. His body
was subsequently identified at a morgue by his mother and an official of the
Haitian embassy in the Dominican Republic.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern about the reported torture and death in custody of Joubert
- expressing concern that, according to reports, his face and chest had injuries
consistent with having been subjected to torture;
- urging that a full and impartial investigation be initiated into the
allegations of torture and ill-treatment, and the subsequent death of Joubert
- asking that the results of such an inquiry be made public and that those
found responsible be brought to justice.
Dr Joaquín Balaguer Ricardo
Presidente de la República
Palacio Nacional
Santo Domingo
República Dominicana
Telegrams: Presidente Balaguer, Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic
Telexes: 202 0011 SECPRES; 201 4299 SECPRES DR
Dr. Atilio Guzmán Fernández
Ministro del Interior y Policía
Ministerio del Interior y Policía
Centro de los Héroes
Santo Domingo
República Dominicana
Telegrams: Ministro Interior Dr. Guzman, Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Sr. Francisco Carvajal Martínez
Presidente del Senado
Senado de la República
Congreso Nacional
Santo Domingo
República Dominicana
Telegrams: Presidente del Senado Dr. Carvajal,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Reverendo Telésforo Isaac
Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
Apartado Postal 764
Santo Domingo
República Dominicana
and to diplomatic representatives of the Dominican Republic in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 28 June 1991.

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