EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/ /93
UA /93 Fear for Safety 26 November 1993
Sergot METAYER, aged 17
Djobit CIUS, aged 17
Rosny (surname not known)
Aloud METAYER (pregnant female)
Fear of Arrest
Amnesty International is concerned about a recent spate of arrests without
warrant and attacks by the armed forces on inhabitants of Gonaïves,
principally from the shanty town of Raboteau, Artibonite Department.
According to reports, on 20 November 1993 soldiers arrested three youths from
Raboteau, who were in Port-au-Prince. The soldiers were apparently looking
for local Raboteau leader, Amio Metayer, who they believed was in
Port-au-Prince, but on not finding him, they arrested Sergot Metayer, Djobit
Cius and Bertrand Dorismon instead. They were beaten
on arrest and taken to the prison in Gonaïves.
Also on that day, Chatte Metayer was arrested in Raboteau. He was beaten by
soldiers and threatened with death if he did not take them to the homes of
certain people. Several houses were then searched, but only two people were
found at home: Anvi Charitable was severely beaten and arrested in Raboteau
and a young man by the name of Rosny was arrested in Cité Duvalier. Two days
later Anvi Charitable and Chatte Metayer were reportedly tortured by the djak
method (a bar is placed underneath the legs and above the arms while the prisoner
is beaten) at the Gonaïves military barracks. They are still believed to be
detained. Other homes in Raboteau were searched on 20 November for the following
people: Mr. Dieujuste, William Charles, Dodo Metayer and William Joseph, but
since they were not at home they were not arrested. One mother, Mary Kenol,
was threatened with death if she did not hand over her son, Marc-Antoine Nicolás.
As her son was not there the soldiers left.
The following day, members of the armed forces went to the home of Romane
Toussaint in Raboteau. When his mother, Aloud Metayer, who was pregnant at
the time, refused to give any information about her son, the soldiers beat
her severely with a baton, particularly her stomach, and arrested her.
Also on 21 November a young man nicknamed "Pinikrit", who was attending a wake
for his dead mother in Raboteau, was beaten before being arrested.