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Haiti: Illegal and arbitrary arrests continue – Human rights hampered amid political violence (Amnesty International)

Amnesty International Public Statement AI Index: AMR 36/056/2004 (Public) News Service No: 260 19 October 2004 Amnesty International is concerned that Reverend Gérard Jean-Juste may be a prisoner of conscience as he is being detained in Pétionville’s Police station. He may be detained solely for his political views and his political affiliation. Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste was arrested at Sainte Claire’s church, in Petite Place Cazeau, a poor neighbourhood of Delmas, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. On Wednesday 13 October, around 2:30 PM, Haitian National Police officers, in uniform and civil clothes, some wearing masks, erupted into the presbytery where Rev. Jean-Juste provides food, twice a week, to some 250 children and dozens of adults from the neighbourhood. According to testimonies gathered by Amnesty International, Rev. Jean-Juste has been punched while being dragged out of the presbytery by Police officers, resulting in […]

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