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Further information on UA 08/93 (AMR 36/01/93, 12 January) - Haiti: legal concern / fear of torture: Gisele Saint-Firmin (note corrected name), Raymond Amazan, Maxime Horacius, Morpeau and five others, names unknown to Amnesty International

, N° d'index: AMR 36/002/1993

AI is concerned about reports that Gisele Saint-Firmin is being beaten in custody and is being refused access to her lawyer. She is the mother of the local branch secretary of Lavalas, the political movement which supported deposed President Aristide. The military in Les Cayes have apparently stated that they would only free Gisele Saint-Firmin if her daughter gave herself up. Gisele Saint-Firmin is 53 and suffers from high blood pressure and cirrhosis. There is no further information on the others named above.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/02/93
Distr: UA/SC
19 January 1993
Further information on UA 08/93 (AMR 36/01/93, 12 January 1993) - Legal
concern/Fear of torture
HAITI:Gisèle SAINT-FIRMIN, female (previously known as Joseph St-
FIRMIN)
Raymond AMAZAN
Maxime HORACIUS
Morpeau (second name unknown)
and five others (names unknown to Amnesty International)
Amnesty International is concerned at reports that Gisèle Saint-Firmin is being
beaten in custody and that the authorities are refusing her access to her lawyer.
Gisèle Saint-Firmin is the mother of Marie-Josée Saint-Firmin, who is the local
branch secretary of Lavalas, the political movement that supported deposed
President Jean Bertrand Aristide. On 8 January 1993 members of the security
forces reportedly arrived at Gisèle Saint-Firmin's home looking for her
daughter, who is in hiding. The latter had apparently attended a commemorative
mass in memory of Jean-Claude Museau, a school teacher who died a year earlier
as a result of torture suffered in detention (see AMR 36/03/92 Haiti: Human
rights violations since the coup). The security forces reportedly searched
the house and arrested Gisèle Saint-Firmin after she told them that she did
not know of her daughter's whereabouts.
The military in Les Cayes have apparently stated that they would only free
Gisèle Saint-Firmin if her daughter gave herself up. Gisèle Saint-Firmin,
who is 53, suffers from high blood pressure and cirrhosis.
Amnesty International remains concerned for the safety of Gisèle Saint-Firmin.
The organisation has no further information as to the fate of the other above
mentioned people arrested in Les Cayes. Please continue sending appeals on
their behalf.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail
letters either in French, English or your own language:
- expressing concern at the reported ill-treatment in custody of Gisèle
Saint-Firmin;
- asking that her physical integrity be guaranteed while in custody and that
she be given immediate access to her lawyer and any appropriate medical care;
- asking that allegations of ill-treatment be investigated and those found
responsible be brought to justice;
- asking that she be immediately brought before a judge and charged with a
recognizably criminal offence or released.
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APPEALS TO:
1) Prime Minister:
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 Minister / Dear Prime Minister
2) Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces:
Monsieur le Général Raoul CEDRAS
Commandant-en-Chef des Forces Armées d'Haïti
Grand Quartier Général des Forces Armées d'Haïti
Rue Geffrard
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Comandant-en-Chef des Armees d'Haiti Cedras, Port-au-Prince,
Haiti
Telephone: +509 22 3935
Telexes: 20391 gqfadh
Faxes: +509 23 9007, 23 9407
Salutation: Monsieur le Général / Dear General
3) Military Commander of the South department:
Monsieur le Colonel
Mondésir BEAUBRUN
Commandant du Département Militaire du Sud
Rue Mgr. Maurice
Les Cayes
Département du Sud
Haiti
Telegrams: Commadant du Departement du Sud BEAUBRUN, Les Cayes, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Commandant / Dear Commander
4) Chief of Les Cayes Police
Monsieur le Chef de la
Police des Cayes
Quartier Général de la
Police des Cayes
Département du Sud
Haïti
Telegrams: Chef, Police des Cayes, Les Cayes, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Chef de la Police / Dear Chief of Police
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Haïti en Marche (News weekly)
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 2 March 1993.

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