November 11, 2003
Statement from Amnesty International
Amnesty International calls on Canada’s Solicitor General to launch
a full inquiry, without delay, following recent reports of further
violence against Albert Duterville at the Port-Cartier penitentiary. Amnesty
has written the Solicitor General on two occasions about Mr Duterville’s
case, asking him to convene an inquiry and to guarantee
Mr. Duterville's security.
There are credible reports that Mr. Duterville
has been beaten more than twenty times since his incarceration
began in 1990. Albert Duterville
is a Haitian national and a former member of the Haitian police.
He arrived in Montreal in 1981, and was granted refugee
In 1990, Albert Duterville was sentenced for life with no parole
before 15 years in jail for murder.
Correctional authorities transferred Albert Duterville from one
detention centre to another due to violence he regularly suffered
at the hands
of other prisoners. Since 1997, he has been kept segregated from
other prisoners for his protection. Eight prisoners received
additional sentences of
following an incident in August 1996, when it is alleged that
fifty prisoners attacked Mr Duterville with iron bars and baseball
It is alleged that, on 18 and 27 June this year, Mr Duterville,
whose mobility is impaired and who usually moves around using crutches
or a wheelchair, was gassed and hit by guards in the Port-Cartier
without care for several days.
Amnesty International is deeply concerned about allegations by
Mr Duterville’s lawyer that Mr Duterville believes the recent violence
he has experienced
is due to the fact that Amnesty International made representations
in his case and that there was television coverage of his situation.
The organization calls upon Canadian authorities to ensure that
Albert Duterville is adequately protected from any future violent
and that his basic rights are upheld. Anyone who may have been
responsible for abusing
Mr. Duterville’s basic rights must be held legally accountable.