EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/12/91
11 October 1991
UA 338/91 Fear of "Disappearance"/Extrajudicial Execution
HAITI: Manno CHARLEMAGNE
Amnesty International is concerned at the reported arrest at about 9am on 11
October 1991 of Manno Charlemagne, a well-known singer in Haiti and a supporter
of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Amnesty International is
concerned that he may "disappear" or be extrajudicially executed.
According to information received from the family of Manno Charlemagne,
he was arrested by uniformed soldiers who forcibly entered his home in Carrefour,
a district of Port-au-Prince, without a warrant. Two lorry loads of soldiers
arrived in the area of Côte Plage in Carrefour and carried out several arrests.
They then asked for Manno Charlemagne's home. The soldiers beat him in front
of his family and took him away to an unknown destination. According to the
family, the soldiers accused him of "resisting the coup". The soldiers also
reportedly stated that they would not give Manno Charlemagne a chance as they
had done with Evans Paul, because Manno Charlemagne talked too much. Evans
Paul, the mayor of Port-au-Prince was arrested by soldiers on 7 October and
severely beaten. He was subsequently released.
Troops overthrew the democratically elected government of President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who took office in Haiti on 7 February 1991, in a coup
on Monday 30 September. Since then Amnesty International has learned of
widespread human rights violations committed by the security forces, including
a large number of extrajudicial executions, beatings and mass arrests without
warrant. According to information received by Amnesty International, members
of the armed forces have deliberately shot large numbers of civilians in
different sectors of Port-au-Prince, resulting in hundreds of dead and wounded.
Many of the victims included supporters of President Aristide who were
demonstrating against the coup. Reports of extrajudicial executions include
the killing on Monday 30 September of Radio Caraïbe Director, Jacques Caraïbe
after a group of soldiers arrived at his home, severely beat him in the presence
of his family, and took him away to an unknown destination. His dead body
was later found. (see Haiti: Human Rights Violations in the Aftermath of the
Coup d'Etat, October 1991, AI Index: AMR 36/09/91). Amnesty International also
learned of the arrest of Camille César, a civil servant under the government
of President Aristide, who was detained along with Camille Bazile between 30
September and 2 October. Their whereabouts are unknown and there is concern
for their safety (see UA 336/92, AI Index: AMR 36/11/91, 10 October 1991)
Joseph Nerette, a supreme court judge, was sworn in as Haiti's provisional
president on 9 October 1991.
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