AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
AI Index: AMR 36/051/2004 (Public)
News Service No: 162, 25 June 2004
Haiti: The killing of Air France chief executive highlights level of
insecurity in Haiti Didier Mortet, Air France chief executive in Haiti is the latest victim of
the high levels of violence which have cost the lives of hundreds of civilians
since the uprising in February. Didier Mortet, was shot dead by three men on a
motorcycle as he approached his home in the capital Port-au-Prince.
"The availability of weapons and the climate of impunity continue to fuel
insecurity and human rights violations in Haiti, as measures to stop this are
nowhere to be seen," said Amnesty International.
"The Haitian interim government has been dragging its feet: after 100 days in
power, there are still no signs of the urgently needed disarmament program or
any real attempt to apprehend escaped prisoners and known human rights
violators," Amnesty International said. "All human rights violations must be fully
and impartially investigated regardless of the nationality or political view of
the victims or perpetrators of abuse."
After the failure of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) to establish and
maintain security and public order throughout Haiti, and to disarm and disband
armed groups, responsibility lies now with the United Nations Stabilization
Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Since it took over from the MIF, on 1 June, the
MINUSTAH has an urgent and explicit mandate to support the transitional government
and Haitian human rights institutions in promoting and respecting human
rights, to assist in the reform and strengthening of the judiciary and with
disarmament programs. Amnesty International hopes that they will fulfil their mandate.
For more detailed information of the current human rights situation in
Haiti, please see "Haiti:
Breaking the Cycle of Violence - A last chance for Haiti?"