Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2002 - Haiti

Ill treatment of a lawyer belonging to the NGO "Justice and Peace"140

On 24th June 2002, two policemen accompanied by three armed men in plain clothes arrested Fleuri Lysias, a lawyer, alleging that he had bought a stolen water pump. Mr. Lysias was transferred to the Bon Repos police station, where the policemen forced him to clean out by hand the refuse and garbage covering the floor of his cell. They also hit him by the ears, kicking him and making him fall down. When Mr. Lysias told them he was a lawyer, member of an organisation that defended human rights, they answered that they would "show him what that meant".

He was released in the evening, with a broken arm and serious ear injuries.

140. See letter to the authorities 11 July 2002.


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