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Haiti - FLASH : All details on the mutiny and rapes at the Gonaïves Prison
24/11/2019 10:06:45

Haiti - FLASH : All details on the mutiny and rapes at the Gonaïves Prison
Following the gang rape of several women detained on November 7 at the Gonaïves civil prison during a mutiny, Solidarite Fanm Ayisyèn (SOFA) and the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) two organizations members of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) went on site to conduct a thorough investigation into what really happened.

Friday, November 22, in their investigation report SOFA and the RNDDH condemn with the last rigor the gang rape perpetrated to the civil prison of Gonaïves and require in their conclusions, a celerityful investigation to identify all the prisoners implied in this file with a view to punish them according to the law, the medical, psychological and social care of female prisoners, the construction of separate prisons to accommodate exclusively women in conflict with the law, the renewal of stocks of food, propane gas, medicines, hygienic kits and cleaning products in all prisons in the country.

Summary of Facts :
On November 7, 2019 around noon, in the prison of Gonaïves (329 male detainees and 12 female detainees) a mutiny broke out agents of the Directorate of Prison Administration (DAP) and the Departmental Unit of Maintenance of the Order (UDMO) assigned to the prison did not intervene at the beginning and were content to lock the doors giving access to the outside to prevent the escape of prisoners. During this mutiny, the prisoners also forced the lock of the women's cell.

On the night of 7 to 8 November, 10 women, as well as a minor of 15 years imprisoned, were victims of gang rapes. In their statements, 8 of the victims said they could not identify their attackers because they were in the dark. They testify that they were several to commit their crimes without being able to say exactly the number of men who raped them. For her part, the 15-year-old said she was raped by five inmates.

On November 8, the 12 women prisoners were transferred to the Saint Marc civil prison. Two days later, on November 10, Health Through Walls (HTW) / Aids (AHF) verified their health and put the victims on antiretroviral prophylaxis. In addition, a delegation made up of several women's organizations, including the "Platfòm Fanm Òganize pou Devlope Atibonit", the SOFA and a representative of the Ministry for the Status of Women and Women's Rights, also provided support in hygiene kits, clothing, underwear, blankets, detergents and treated water to victims of rape.

On 13 November, the women and the minor detainee were transferred to Cabaret Women's Prison.

For details on how the mutiny and the rapes unfolded Download the full investigation report (PDF in French) : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/2_Rap_Prison_des_Gonaïves_RNDDH_SOFA_21Nov2019.pdf

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