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UA 429/93 - Haiti: fear for safety: Antoine Momplaisir Noel, Gelin Nemorin, Pierre Rodrigue Jean, Laurent Joseph, Auguste Pierre, St Alert Jules, Charlemagnes Desamour, Voicius Lebrun, Pierre Wilner Jean-Baptiste, Pilloge Carlo

, N° d'index: AMR 36/036/1993

The ten people named above were reportedly arrested by the armed forces on 7 December 1993. There were reportedly among 28 people forcibly returned to Haiti from the USA. They were arrested on disembarking at Port-au-Prince and taken to the police station, accused of organizing the boat journey.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/36/93
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UA 429/93 Fear for Safety 9 December 1993
HAITI Antoine MOMPLAISIR NOEL
Gelin NEMORIN
Pierre RODRIGUE JEAN
Laurent JOSEPH
Auguste PIERRE
St Alert JULES
Charlemagnes DESAMOUR
Voicius LEBRUN
Pierre Wilner JEAN-BAPTISTE
Pilloge CARLO
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of the ten above named Haitian
asylum seekers who were reportedly arrested by the armed forces on 7 December
1993.
According to reports, they were among 28 people forcibly returned to Haiti
by the United States Coast Guard, after attempting to flee the country by boat.
On disembarking at Port-au-Prince they were arrested and taken to the police
station, accused of organising the boat journey. The other 18 people were
returned to their homes, most of which are in Cap-Haitien and Gonaïves.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Since May 1992, when the US government began a policy of forcibly returning
all Haitian asylum-seekers, thousands of Haitians have been intercepted by
the US Coast Guard and returned to Haiti. The only option presently available
to Haitians seeking asylum in the USA is the in-country processing (ICP) system.
However they risk drawing attention to themselves by going to the US Embassy
and may wait months for an interview date. In the past Amnesty International
has received reports of arrested asylum-seekers being tortured or ill-treated
whilst held in detention in Haiti.
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was due to return to power on 30 October 1993,
according to the 3 July 1993 agreement signed by him and Commander-in-Chief
of the Armed Forces, General Raoul Cédras. However, this did not happen and
no other date has been set for his return. General Cédras and Police Chief
Michel François are effectively ruling the country. Widespread threats and
attacks against President Aristide's supporters continue to afflict the
country.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes and airmail letters
either in French or English or in your own language:
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- expressing concern for the safety of the ten asylum-seekers named above;
- asking that they be immediately released or brought promptly before a competent
court;
- urging that while held in detention, they be humanely treated and granted
access to a lawyer, doctor and relatives.
APPEALS TO:
1) Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces:
Monsieur le Générale 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) Chief of National Police:
Monsieur le Lt.Colonel Michel FRANÇOIS
Chef de la Police Nationale
Grand Quartier Général de la Police
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Chef, Police Nationale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Salutation: Monsieur le Lt. Colonel / Dear Lt. Colonel
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
PACOT
Rue Wilson 2, No 17
Port-au-Prince
Haiti
and to diplomatic representatives of Haiti accredited to your country.
A separate appeal will be made to United States Government.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 19th January 1994.

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