05/17/2019

Urgent Action: Human Rights Defender Fears for Safety (Haiti: UA 66.19)


On April 26, two unknown men on motorbikes, presumably belonging to a local gang, circled the office of Pierre Espérance (fourth from the left in the image below), a prominent Haitian human rights defender, in Port-au-Prince. He reported that different sources advised him about recent death threats made against him and stated that the police were aware of them. Pierre Espérance received previous threats in 2018, and in 2014 when a letter containing a gun bullet was sent to the organization’s offices. We demand that the Haitian authorities provide him with effective protection according to his wishes and that authorities immediately and independently investigate these threats.

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M. Jean Roudy ALY
Minister of Justice and Public Security of Haiti
18 Avenue Charles Summer,
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Hervé H. Denis
Embassy of the Republic of Haiti
2311 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Phone: 202 332-4090 I Fax: 202 745-7215
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: https://www.haiti.org/contact-us/
Facebook: @EmbassyofHaiti
Twitter: @embassyofhaiti
Instagram: @embassyofhaiti
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Mr. Minister,

I write to you to raise my concern about the safety of Mr. Pierre Espérance, human rights defender and Executive Director of the National Human Rights Defense Network (Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains, RNDDH).

On April 26, unknown men on motorbikes, presumably belonging to a local gang circled his office in Port-au-Prince. He reported that different sources advised him about death threats made against him and that the police were aware of them. Pierre Espérance received previous threats in 2018, and in 2014 when a letter containing a gun bullet was sent to his offices.

I therefore demand that your office, along with the National Police of Haiti, fulfil their obligation to protect Pierre Espérance in accordance with his wishes. I also demand an immediate and independent investigation to prosecute those responsible for the recent threats and intimidation against him.

Yours sincerely,

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