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Further information on UA 139/93 (AMR 36/15/93, 28 April and AMR 36/16/93, 4 May) - Haiti: ill-treatment / prisoner of conscience: Cajuste Lexius, Phabonor St Vil, Saveur Aurelus

, Index number: AMR 36/018/1993

Cajuste Lexius, Secretary General of the General Workers' Union (CGT), was finally released from military hospital on 21 May 1993. Phabonor St. Vil and Saveur Aurelus were released on 29 April 1993. Cajuste Lexius reportedly suffered kidney failure in detention and needed dialysis. His buttocks are said to be covered in open sores as a result of beatings.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/18/93
Distr: UA/SC
8 June 1993
Further information on UA 139/93 (AMR 36/15/93, 28 April 1993 and follow-up
AMR 36/16/93, 4 May 1993) - Ill-treatment/Prisoner of Conscience
HAITI:Cajuste LEXIUS, Secretary General of Centrale Générale de
Travailleurs (CGT), General Workers' Union
Phabonor ST. VIL, Secretary of CGT
Saveur AURÉLUS, member of CGT
Amnesty International has learned that Cajuste Lexius (also reported as
Lexiuste), Secretary General of the Centrale Générale de Travailleurs (CGT),
General Workers' Union, was finally released from military hospital on 21 May
1993. Phabonor St. Vil and Saveur Aurélus were released on 29 April 1993,
as reported in the previous follow-up of 4 May 1993. All three are said to
be in need of medical attention because of the ill-treatment they received
from the security forces.
Cajuste Lexius is apparently in a delicate condition. While in military custody
he is reported to have suffered kidney failure and was put on dialysis. His
buttocks are said to be covered in open sores as a result of the beatings he
received. It has also been reported that documents belonging to him, including
his passport, which were taken at the time of his arrest, have not been returned
to him.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in French, English or your own language:
- welcoming the release of Cajuste Lexius from military custody as well as
the prior release of Phabonor St. Vil and Saveur Aurélus but expressing concern
at reports that they have been subjected to ill-treatment by the security forces;
- urging that they be given adequate medical care from the doctor of their
choice;
- expressing concern that Cajuste Lexius needed to be hospitalised during his
detention and demanding that if the medical care he needs is not available
in Haiti, that he be allowed to travel abroad to receive this medical treatment;
- requesting that documents taken from him including his passport be returned
to him;
- calling for an investigation into the alleged ill-treatment of all three
trade unionists and that those found responsible be brought to justice.
APPEALS TO:
1) Prime Minister:
Monsieur Marc BAZIN
Premier Ministre
Palais National
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Premier Ministre BAZIN, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Faxes: + 509 34 1980, + 509 23 2121
Salutation: Monsieur le Premier Ministre / Dear Prime Minister
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2) Military commander of the Armed Forces:
Monsieur le Générale Raoul CEDRAS
Commandant-en-Chef des Forces Armées d'Haiti
Grand Quartier Général des Forces Armées d'Haiti
Rue Geffrard
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Commandant-en-Chef des Armées d'Haiti Cedras, Port-au-Prince,
Haiti
Telephone: + 509 22 3935
Telexes: 20391 gqfadh
Faxes: + 509 23 9007, + 509 23 9407
Salutation: Monsieur le Général / Dear General
3) Chief of National Police:
Monsieur le Lt.Colonel Michel FRANÇOIS
Chef de la Police Nationale
Grand Quartier Général de la Police
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Chef, Police Nationale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Lt. Colonel / Dear Lt. Colonel
4) Head of Anti-gang Investigation Service:
Monsieur le Capitaine
Joanis JACKSON
Chef du Service d'investigation et de recherches anti-gang
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Chef du Service d'investigation anti-gang, Port-au-Prince,
Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Capitaine / Dear Captain
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Human Rights Organization:
Commission de l'Ogith des Droits Humains et Syndicaux (CODDHUS)
Route de Delmas et Delmas 11
No. 121 bis, 2ème étage
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Newspaper (weekly):
Haiti en Marche
173 N.W. 94 St.
Miami
FL 33150, USA
and to diplomatic representatives of HAITI accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 20 July 1993.

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