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United States of America: Forcible return of Haitian asylum-seekers by the United States

, Index number: AMR 51/007/1994

According to statistics of the US Coast Guard, over two dozen boats carrying over 2000 Haitians were intercepted and returned to Haiti in 1993. This report highlights AI's concerns about the US police of forcibly returning all Haitians intercepted at sea, without any attempt to consider their claims for asylum. On 7 December 1993, 10 of 28 asylum-seekers returned to Haiti were reportedly arrested on disembarkation; a further six were arrested on 10 December and another six on 14 December, illustrating the vulnerability of those forcibly returned by US authorities. All the detainees have now been released. AI's concerns about the US-administered program for processing asylum applications in Haiti are also discussed and two cases described which illustrate the potential danger to the asylum seeker of applying for asylum in the country where s/he is at risk of human rights violations (Lormil Rodrigue and Celor Josaphat).

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