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Further information on UA 304/91 (AMR 51/37/91, 9 September) - USA: prisoner of conscience / conscientious objector: Captain Yolanda Huet- Vaughan

, N° d'index: AMR 51/064/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AMR 51/64/91
Distr: UA/SC
27 November 1991
Further information on UA 304/91 (AMR 51/37/91, 9 September 1991) - Prisoner
of Conscience/Conscientious Objector
USA:Captain Yolanda HUET-VAUGHN (f)
Captain Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, a reservist in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps,
was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and dishonourable dismissal from the
Army on 9 August 1991. She pleaded not guilty to charges of "desertion with
intent to avoid hazardous duty". Amnesty International considers her to be
a prisoner of conscience imprisoned for her opposition, for reasons of
conscience, to participating in war.
Captain Huet-Vaughn's case has still not been reviewed by her Commanding
General, who can recommend a reduction of her sentence or grant clemency and
order her release. This review may be carried out any time in the next few
weeks.
In the original urgent action (UA 304/91) it was stated that Captain Huet-Vaughn
failed to report when called up for active duty in December 1990. However,
it is now known that she did report for duty but later went absent without
leave. It is also known that she surrendered to military authorities on 2
February 1991 not on 6 February 1991 as was previously stated in UA 304/91.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- explaining that Amnesty International defines a conscientious objector as
someone opposed to war for reasons of conscience or profound conviction arising
from religious, ethical, moral, humanitarian, philosophical, political or
similar motives. Amnesty International considers such individuals to be
prisoners of conscience if, for example, the person cannot register his or
her objection at a specific point in time;
- stating that Amnesty International has adopted Captain Yolanda Huet-Vaughn
as a prisoner of conscience for the reasons given above;
- explaining that Amnesty International seeks the unconditional release of
all prisoners of conscience;
- urging General Christman to exercise his power of clemency to this end.
APPEALS TO:
General Daniel Christman Dear General Christman
Commanding General
US Army Engineer Center
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-5000
USA
Telegrams: General Daniel Christman, Fort Leonard Wood,
MO 65473-5000, USA
Faxes: + (314) 563 5555
Page 2 of FU 304/91
COPIES TO:
Captain Hooper
Trial Defence Counsel
Fort Leonard Wood
MO 65473-5000
USA
Citizen Soldier:
(an organization which advises conscientious objectors in the USA and which
has been working on the case of Captain Huet-Vaughn)
175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 808
New York, NY 10010
USA
and to diplomatic representatives of the USA in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 8 January 1992.

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