On February 27th 2001, the cousin of Ossagnol Servil, Justice of the Peace for the town of Maissade was attacked. In October and December 2000 Mr. Servil was been the subject of death threats, office break-ins and threatening demonstrations outside his office. All these occurred after Mr. Servil issued arrest warrants against two supporters of the town’s mayor. Attempts to prosecute the perpetrators have been blocked by the mayor. [AI Index AMR 36/005/01]


A letter was sent to the President and copies to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, the Ambassador to Canada, the Haitian Platform for Human Rights and the National Coalition for Haitian Rights.