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UA 391/92 - Haiti: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment: Maurice Damucy, Jean Augustin, Ms Belizaire (first name unknown to Amnesty International) and thirty others

, N° d'index: AMR 36/059/1992

The people mentioned above were reportedly arrested in Haiti in late November/early December 1992. They are reported to be in poor health as a result of beatings and AI fears that they may be at risk of further ill- treatment. Maurice Damucy was reportedly arrested by soldiers on 8 December in Bainet, South East Department. He is a member of KONAKOM, a political party which has supported deposed President Aristide. Jean Augustin and Ms Belizaire are members of grass-roots organizations who were reportedly arrested with 30 others in Port-au-Prince on the night of 30 November. They are apparently held by the Anti-gang Investigation Service. The identities of the other 30 are not known to AI; they are also said to have been ill- treated in detention.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 36/59/92
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UA 391/92 Legal concern/Fear of ill-treatment 11 December 1992
HAITI: Maurice DAMUCY
Jean AUGUSTIN
Ms BÉLIZAIRE (female, first name unknown to Amnesty
International)
and thirty others
Amnesty International has received reports that the above mentioned people
have been arrested by the security forces in Haiti. Amnesty International
is concerned that they are said to be in poor health as a result of beatings
suffered at the hands of the security services, and fears that they may be
at risk of further torture or ill-treatment.
Maurice Damucy was reportedly arrested by soldiers on 8 December 1992 at about
5 pm in Bainet, South East Department. He was apparently severely beaten upon
arrest and is said to be detained in Bainet's prison. He is a member of Comité
National des Congrès des Mouvements Démocratiques (KONAKOM), National Committee
of Congresses of Democratic Movements, a political party which has supported
deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Jean Augustin and Ms Bélizaire are members of grass-root organizations. They
were reportedly arrested in Port-au-Prince during the night of 30 November
1992, together with thirty others. They are apparently being held by Service
d'investigation et de recherches anti-gang, Anti-gang Investigation Service.
The two are said to be in poor health as a result of beatings endured while
in detention.
The identities of the other thirty are not known to Amnesty International but
they are also said to have suffered ill-treatment at the hands of the security
forces.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Troops violently overthrew the democratically elected government of President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who took office in Haiti on 7 February 1991, in a coup
on the night of 29 to 30 September 1991. Since then Amnesty International
has learned of widespread human rights violations committed by the security
forces, including a large number of extrajudicial executions, torture and
ill-treatment and mass arrests without warrant. Several of those detained by
the authorities remain "disappeared". These abuses have been carried out by
uniformed security force agents or, on some occasions, by men in civilian clothes
ostensibly linked to them.
Victims have included all those supporting or suspected of supporting President
Aristide. Members of grass-roots and development organizations have been among
the most affected. Since the 1991 coup, members of KONAKOM have been the target
of threats and intimidation. On 22 November 1992 KONAKOM members Wesner Luc
and Justin Brézil were reportedly abducted by armed men. The following day
Wesner Luc was found dead (see UA 372/92, AMR 36/53/92, 27 November 1992).
Justin Brézil remains "disappeared". On 3 September 1992 Marcel Fleurzile,
peasant leader and member of KONAKOM, was reportedly killed by unidentified
men and his body found near the KONAKOM offices (see UA 289/92, AMR 36/47/92,
11 September 1992).
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RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters
either in French, English or in your own language:
- expressing concern at the arrest of Maurice Damucy, Jean Augustin, Ms Bélizaire
and thirty others;
- asking that allegations of ill-treatment be investigated and those found
responsible brought to justice;
- asking that the physical integrity of those named above be guaranteed while in
detention, and that they be granted access to any necessary medical treatment;
- asking for confirmation of their current whereabouts, for information as to the
reasons for their arrest and on their legal situation.
APPEALS TO
1) Prime Minister:
Marc BAZIN Salutation: Monsieur le Premier Minister /
Premier Ministre Dear Prime Minister
Palais National
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Premier Ministre BAZIN, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Faxes: + 509 34 1980, + 509 23 2121
2) Chief of National Police:
Monsieur le Lt.Colonel Salutation: Monsieur le Lt. Colonel /
Michel FRANÇOIS Dear Lt. Colonel
Chef de la Police Nationale
Grand Quartier Général de la Police
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Chef, Police Nationale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
3) Anti-gang investigation service:
Monsieur le Capitaine Joanis JACKSON Salutation: Monsieur le Capitaine /
Chef du Service d'investigation et Dear Captain
de recherches anti-gang
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telegrams: Chef du Service d'investigation et de recherches anti-gang, Port-au-
Prince, Haiti
4) Commander of the South-East military department:
Monsieur le Commandant du Département
Militaire du Sud-Est Salutation: Monsieur le Commandant /
Grand Rue Dear Commander
Jacmel
Département du Sud-Est, Haiti
Telegrams: Commandant du Département du Sud-Est, Jacmel, Haiti
Telephone: + 509 82-0008
5) Prison Director:
Monsieur le Directeur Salutation: Monsieur le Directeur /
Prison de Bainet Dear Sir
Bainet
Département du Sud-est, Haiti
Telegrams: Monsieur le Directeur, Prison de Bainet, Haiti
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 22 January 1993.

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