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UA 163/94 - Haiti: possible extrajudicial execution / fear of "disappearance": Dumez Schneider, Harold Fontaine

, Index number: AMR 36/020/1994

Dumez Schneider, 22, was reportedly abducted in Port-au-Prince on 19 April 1994 along with Harold Fontaine, whose mutilated corpse was found on 22 April. A third man abducted with them managed to escape. All were members of the grassroots organization Force Populaire de Delmas. The whereabouts of Dumez Schneider remain unknown. He was well known for his opposition to the coup against former President Aristide in 1991.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/20/94
Distr: UA/SC
UA 163/94 Possible Extrajudicial Execution /
Fear of "Disappearance" 26 April 1994
HAITI Dumez Schneider, 22
Harold Fontaine, 26
Amnesty International is seriously concerned for the safety of Dumez Schneider,
who was reportedly abducted in Port-au-Prince on 19 April 1994 along with Harold
Fontaine, whose mutilated corpse was found on 22 April. A third man abducted
with them managed to escape. All were members of the Force Populaire de Delmas
(FOPOD), Popular Force of Delmas, a grassroots organization in the Delmas suburb
of Port-au-Prince.
According to information received by Amnesty International, Dumez Schneider,
Harold Fontaine and the third man were forced into a vehicle by four armed
men in civilian clothes. Despite appeals by the family, the whereabouts of
Dumez Schneider remains unknown. It is believed he may have been targeted
for his well publicized opposition to the coup against President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide which took place September/October 1991. The mutilated body of
Harold Fontaine was found on 22 April 1994 and subsequently identified by his
family. He had received two bullets to the head.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
There has been a marked upsurge in the number of human rights violations reported
in Haiti in recent weeks. In mid-March 1994 the United Nations/Organisation
of American States human rights observer mission in Haiti and Haitian human
rights activists announced that there had been at least 75 apparent
extrajudicial executions recorded in the country over a six week period. The
victims, many of whom had been mutilated, appeared to have been targeted because
of their support for the return of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The number
of apparent extrajudicial executions during the last six weeks is reminiscent
of September-October 1993 when attachés carried out a campaign of intimidation
and abuses against President Aristide's followers, aimed at blocking his return,
which had been projected for 30 October 1993.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in French, English or in your own language:
- expressing serious concern at the abduction of Dumez Schneider;
- asking that his whereabouts be made known and that his physical security
be guaranteed, if detained;
- expressing concern also at the killing of Harold Fontaine, in circumstances
suggesting he was extrajudicially executed;
- asking for an immediate investigation into the circumstances of both incidents
and that those found to be responsible be brought to justice.
APPEALS TO
1) Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces:
Monsieur le Général 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
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Telephone: + 509 22 3935
Telexes: 20391 gqfadh
Faxes: + 509 23 9007, + 509 23 9407
Salutation: Monsieur le Général / Dear General
2) 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
3) Anti-gang investigation and research 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 et de recherches 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)
B.P. 1212,
Port-au-Prince
Haiti
Newspapers:
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 7 June 1994.

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