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Further information on UA 417/93 (AMR 36/35/93, 26 November; and follow-up AMR 36/03/94, 21 January) - Haiti: fear for safety: Jean-Claude Thioffin ("Jean-Clou"), Balaguer Metayer ("Chatte")

, N° d'index: AMR 36/011/1994

Jean-Claude Thioffin was released on 24 January following an "interim ruling". He had been severely beaten in Gonaives prison after his arrest on 22 November 1993. Balaguer Metayer, who was also arrested on 22 November, was apparently brought before a court, but no ruling was made, and he remains in prison in Gonaives. He was reportedly beaten and threatened at the time of his arrest, and is reported to have been subjected to further beatings while in custody.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/11/94
Distr: UA/SC
8 March 1994
Further information on UA 417/93 (AMR 36/35/93, 26 November 1993) and follow-up
(AMR 36/03/94, 21 January 1994) - Fear for Safety
HAITI: Jean-Claude THIOFFIN ("Jean-Clou", nickname)
Balaguer METAYER ("Chatte", nickname)
Amnesty International has learned that Jean-Claude Thioffin was released on
24 January 1994. Balaguer Metayer (known as "Chatte") remains in prison.
Jean-Claude Thioffin, who is from the shanty town of Sans Raison, Gonaïves,
was arrested on 22 November 1993 in Port-au-Prince. He was taken to the prison
in Gonaïves where he was severely beaten. He was released following an "interim
ruling" (appel "en référé").
Also on 22 November, Balaguer Metayer was arrested by soldiers in Raboteau,
after being beaten and threatened. He was apparently brought before a court
but no ruling was made and he remains in prison in Gonaïves. He reportedly
has been subjected to further beatings while in custody.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail
letters in French, English or your own language, or call by telephone:
- expressing concern at reports that Balaguer Metayer has been beaten while
in detention;
- urging that while in custody, his physical security be guaranteed and that
he be granted access to a lawyer, a doctor and relatives;
- asking that he be charged with a recognisable criminal offence or else
released;
- urging prompt and impartial investigations into the allegations of
ill-treatment, that the findings be made public and that those found 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
Telephone: + 509 22 3935
Telexes: 20391 gqfadh
Faxes: + 509 23 9007, + 509 23 9407
Salutation: Monsieur le Général / Dear General
2) Gonaïves Military Barracks:
Colonel Bellony Groshomme
Caserne Toussaint Louverture
Gonaïves, HAITI
Telegrams: Colonel Groshomme, Caserne Toussaint Louverture, Gonaives, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Colonel / Dear Colonel
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3) Commander of the Military district of Gonaïves:
Capitaine Castera Senafils
Commandant du Sous-District Militaire
Caserne Toussaint Louverture
Gonaïves, HAITI
Telegrams: Capitaine Senafils, Caserne Toussaint Louverture, Gonaives, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Capitaine / Dear Captain
4) Judicial Authority in Gonaïves:
Maître Roland Paphius
Commissaire du Gouvernement
Parquet du Tribunal Civil
Rue Louverture
Gonaïves, HAITI
Telegrams: Commissaire Paphius, Parquet de Tribunal Civil, Gonaives, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Commissaire / Dear Sir
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Human Rights Organizations:
Commission Justice et Paix
56, Ruelle Piquant, BP 1572
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Newspaper:
Artibonite Journal
Gonaïves
Département de l'Artibonite, HAITI
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 19 April 1994.

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