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1993 UN Report on Human Rights in Haiti

1993 UN Report on Human Rights in Haiti

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Distr.GENERALE/CN.4/1993/474 February 1993ENGLISHOriginal: ENGLISH/SPANISHCOMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTSForty-ninth sessionAgenda item 12QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSIN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIALAND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIESReport on the situation of human rights in Haiti submitted byMr. Marco Tulio Bruni Celli, Special Rapporteur, in accordancewith Commission resolution 1992/77CONTENTSParagraphsPageI.INTRODUCTION.................. 1 - 13 4A.Mandate of the Special Rapporteur...... 1 - 3 4B.Earlier work by independent experts..... 4 - 6 6C.Appointment of Marco Tulio Bruni Celli asSpecial Rapporteur............. 7 6D.First activities of the Special Rapporteurunder his mandate.............. 8 - 13 7II.PRINCIPAL VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN HAITIDURING 1992................... 14 - 47 8A.Repression and violence........... 14 - 18 8B.Violation of the right to life, liberty andsecurity of person............. 19 - 2610GE.93-10546 (E)
 
E/CN.4/1993/47page 2CONTENTS (continued)ParagraphsPageC.Violation of the right to protection againstarbitrary arrest and detention....... 27 - 3211D.Violation of the right to protection againsttorture and other cruel, inhuman ordegrading treatment or punishment...... 33 - 3913E.Violation of the right to freedom of opinionand expression............... 40 - 4315F.Violation of the right to freedom of assemblyand association............... 44 - 4716III.SITUATION OF THE BOAT PEOPLE.......... 48 - 6016IV.INSTITUTIONAL OBSTACLES TO RESPECT FOR HUMANRIGHTS IN HAITI................. 61 - 6721A.Automatic abrogation of the 1987 Constitution 61 - 6221B.Abandonment of the legislative update programme 6321C.Total subordination of the judiciary.... 6422D.The prison system.............. 6522E.Reinstatement of the "section chiefs".... 66 - 6722V.INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE AND NEGOTIATIONS TO RESOLVETHE POLITICAL CRISIS.............. 68 - 11423A.Background................. 68 - 7723B.Early negotiations............. 78 - 8025C.Further efforts at negotiation resulting in thesignature of the Washington protocols.... 81 - 8926D.The Villa d'Accueil Tripartite Agreement of8 May 1992................. 90 - 9229E.The Florida Declaration........... 93 - 9431F.Special mission by the Organization of AmericanStates to Haiti (18-21 August 1992) andresumption of negotiations......... 95 - 11431
 
E/CN.4/1993/47page 3CONTENTS (continued)ParagraphsPageVI.CONCLUSIONS...................115 - 12337VII.RECOMMENDATIONS.................124 - 12538AnnexesI.Protocol between President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and theparliamentary negotiating commission to find a definitivesolution to the Haitian crisis................41II.Protocol of agreement between President Jean-Bertrand Aristideand Prime Minister-Designate René Théodore under the auspicesof the Organization of American States (OAS).........44

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