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Haiti: Further information on Fear for safety/Death threats

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 36/015/2006
17 October 2006

Further Information on UA 259/06 (AMR 36/013/2006, 28 September 2006) Fear for
safety/Death threats

HAITI Evel Fanfan (m), human rights lawyer and President of the
Association of University Graduates Motivated for a Haiti with Rights
(Association des Universitaires Motivés pour un Haïti de Droit - AUMOHD)
Cenia Joseph (f), his wife, and their two children
Colin Reginal (m), Deputy Executive Secretary of AUMOHD
Other members of AUMOHD
Members of the Grand Ravine Community Council for Human Rights (Conseil
Communautaire de Droits Humains de Grand Ravine –CCDH-GR)

New name: Montes Plaisimé (m), Public Relations Officer of AUMOHD

Human rights lawyer Evel Fanfan and his family have suffered further
intimidation and harassment. Amnesty International is seriously concerned that
their lives continue to be at risk and believes that they are not receiving
sufficient support and protection from the Haitian National Police. Other
members of his organization, the Association of University Graduates Motivated
for a Haiti with Rights (Association des Universitaires Motivés pour un Haïti
de Droit - AUMOHD) may also be in serious danger.

On 14 October at 10am a brown Jeep-style vehicle with blacked-out windows and
no license plates was parked outside the AUMOHD office. The windows were wound
down and four unknown individuals wearing dark glasses could be seen observing
the AUMOHD office. The AUMOHD staff contacted the Haitian police but reportedly
no action was taken. The same vehicle had passed slowly by the office on
several occasions on 7 October just before midday.

Evel Fanfan’s family have also been subjected to intimidation. On 28 September
an unknown individual went to his seven-year-old son’s school, apparently with
the intention of abducting the boy.

Colin Reginal, the Deputy Executive Secretary of AUMOHD, and Montes Plaisimé,
the organization's Public Relations Officer, may also be at risk as they have
been directly involved in judicial proceedings concerning massacres in the
neighbourhoods of Martissant and Grand Ravine, allegedly perpetrated by an
armed group with the help of police officers. Human rights activist Bruner
Esterne was murdered on 21 September, apparently because he was an eyewitness
to one of these massacres (please see original UA).

 

      

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