Victims of Enforced Disappearances are often people who are arrested, detained or abducted against their will.
The International human rights law defines an "enforced disappearance" as--"when a person is secretly abducted or imprisoned by a state or political organization or by a third party with the authorization, support, or acquiescence of a state or political organization, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person's fate and whereabouts, with the intent of placing the victim outside the protection of the law." But the common people understand that in a simple way: People literally disappear, from their loved ones and their community, when state officials grab them from the street or from their homes and then deny it. It is a crime under international law. In recent years there have also been an alarming number of acts by non-state actors, including armed extremist and terrorist groups. Victims of enforced disappearances are deprived of their liberty, and seldom released alive. The United Nations (UN), Amnesty International and some other human rights organizations observe the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 each year.
The case of Woodly Etheart AKA Sonson Lafamilia has taken another turn. He is now under the control of Haiti National Police.
Shortly after giving an interview at Radio Zenith FM in Port-au-Prince, it was reported that Sonson La Familia went to see Judge Sonel Jean-Francois with his attorneys. He was shortly arrested by Haiti national Police and taken to a prison in Croux-des-bouquets.
He is allegedly inplicated in the recent kidnapping of the well known businessman Samir El Aziz and was heading a gang accused in several kidnapping
What you are looking at is a picture Clifford Brandt as he was detained by Haiti National Police for his involvement in a kidnapping case. The matter is being investigated by Haitian police. Haitian authorities said Clifford Brandt played a central role in the kidnapping of two Moscoso children.
Here is a picture of Florence Laraque who was abducted and then released with broken leg.
As per the report of Gary Desrosiers, the Inspector and spokesman of the National Police of Haiti, on the night of Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, Florence Laraque was released from captivity by an operation conducted at the wharf of Jérémie by a team consisting several units of the National Police of Haiti. Jérémie is a neighborhood located in the north of the capital. Florence is the wife of the Haitian comedian, Ashley Laraque who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Fusion party of Social Democrats Haitians.
She was abducted by gunmen who were traveling on the Highway Brothers in Petion-while in a vehicle in the evening of Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Florence Laraque works as an interior decorator. On the evening of February 23, she was waiting outside her house for the gate to open when she was picked up by those gunmen who abducted her and flew in a blue pathfinder with license plate AA 147- 218. The victim was found by the police with a broken leg, probably caused by the abuse of her abductors. As per the released report, no arrest was made during the operation. After her release, Florence was taken to a hospital for medical assessment. Recently, regular news of kidnappings for ransom is coming from different sources. Most of the kidnappings were works of professional gangs while some were planned and executed by people already known to the victims. We might remember that Haiti had successfully curbed its kidnapping rate in the early 2014 since the United Nations provided anti-kidnapping support led by Robert Arce, a veteran American cop and law enforcement consultant. However, the Director General of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Godson Orélus, has said, we will never allow the kidnapping to return to Haiti.
Haitian criminal can not be accused for lack of creativity. Here is an example where crime moves from seduction to Kidnapping,
Haitian kidnappers have innovated a new trick to deceive citizens for ransom. Some of their accomplices are girls, who seduce boys in the discotheques and propose them to go out with them. When the boys agree, the girls lead them to their accomplice kidnappers. Recently, on February 20, 2016, the Deputy Spokesman of National Police of Haiti Inspector Gary Desrosiers has alerted citizens to remain cautious of this new strategy used by the bandits of kidnapping rings. We might remember that Haiti successfully curbed its kidnapping rate in the early 2014 since the United Nations provided anti-kidnapping support led by Robert Arce, a veteran American cop and law enforcement consultant. Within a tight limited budget and a span of two years, Arce introduced cell phone log exploitation, community policing, and some cultural diplomacy to track criminals. Now, the criminals are innovating new ways to resurface again.
Here is a set of pictures of alleged kidnapper Clifford Brandt who was recaptured by the Dominican Police
On January 28, 2016, during the trial of Chris Brandt Jr, the Judge Me Jean Wilner Morin, after the identification process of the accused and his five other accomplices in the court room [Sawadienne Jean (30), Carlo St-Fort (30), Carline Richemard (30), Pierreval Ricot (39), Saint-Fort Carlo Bendel and Evens Larieux (45)], ordered the suspension of the hearing and announced the resumption of the trial on 15 February, 2016. A dozen of lawyers were present in the courtroom to defend Clifford Brandt, who has been arrested on charges of Kidnapping, illegal restraint against ransom, conspiracy, usurpation of title, death threats, forgery and use of forgeries, illegal possession of firearms and money laundering. The trial was again postponed on February 15, because the accused Chris Brandt was absent in the courtroom.
Kidnapping in Haiti is rampant and anyone can be a victim. It is very profitable to the kidnappers as in general they have a small percentage of chance to be caught by authorities. as a result, the best way to deal about kidnapping in Haiti is to avoid being kidnapped if possible. the following is a list of things you can do to reduce your chance of being a victim of kidnapping:
Keep a simple lifestyle and a low profile.
Establish good security measures around your home and common environment.
Break out from routine. Vary your routes and timing of your movements.
Make sure that business, financial and travel activities are handled with the highest level of confidentiality.
Be alert of any suspicious and unusual behavior. if you feel the environment is uncomfortable, leave
Always inform family members, friends about where you are. Provide details to family, friends on appointment such as who you are meeting and for what purpose
Driving in the center lane of a road to makes it difficult for your car to be forced off the road.
Always map out your route well and explore all possible escape routes. Look out for cars or motorcycles that may be trailing you.
Go around an area twice to make sure of any suspicion of being trailed.
Make sure that you have adequate security measures in place for your children during school drop-off and pick-up time.
Make sure that the people who work in your home or provide personal security to your family such as domestic staff, House help, Drivers, gardener, Cooks are properly vetted before they are employed. Make sure they have sound character references and that they are well equipped to provide security in addition to their actual duties.
Instruct your children and utility services staff never to talk to strangers or open doors for people they don't know.
This ia s picture of three of the people suspected to be involved in the killing of Lencie Mirville
The officers from the Central Directorate of Judicial Police (DCPJ) have arrested four suspected kidnappers and murderers of Lencie S. Mirville, on the night of December 19. Lencie Mirville (23 years), a student of the University Quisqueya was kidnapped on December 3rd in Bizoton 51. Despite paying the ransom ($50,000) by her father, the girl's body was found on December 8th, disfigured and wrapped in a sheet at the bottom of a cliff in Morne Karaté. The four persons arrested in this connection by the police are: Desir Jebson aka "Sonson" or "Lapoula", (28 years), Barthelemy Edison (32 years), Jean Francky (42), and William B. Géraldy. The criminals have confessed their crime and the police have confiscated the car used in the kidnapping. One of the kidnappers, "Sonson" was an employee (car mechanic) of the victim's father, who is a pastor. The pastor never realized that "Sonson" was one of the kidnappers. The pastor had given him the ransom money to deliver the kidnappers. "Sonson", the killer of Lencie, to show his innocence, was present during the young girl's funeral and carried her coffin.
Look at this picture, one of the kidnappers and killers of student Lencie Mirville attending her funeral
On December 19, 2015, the Central Directorate of Judicial Police (DCPJ) have arrested 4 individuals in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Lencie Mirville (23 years), a student of the University Quisqueya. Lencie was kidnapped on December 3rd in Bizoton 51. Her father is the owner of Bureau de change located in Carrefour. The kidnappers claimed $150,000 from him as ransom. However, her family managed to collect and pay only $50,000. The body of Lencie was found on December 8th, disfigured and wrapped in a sheet at the bottom of a cliff in Morne Karaté. The four persons arrested in this connection by the police are: Desir Jebson aka "Sonson" or "Lapoula", (28 years), Jean Francky (42), Barthelemy Edison (32 years), and William B. Géraldy. The police have also confiscated the car in which Lencie Mirville was kidnapped. The four individuals have confessed their crime. One of the kidnappers, "Sonson" was an employee of the victim's father. On the basis of his alleged loyalty to the young girl's family, Lencie's father had given him the ransom money to deliver the kidnappers. The girl's father, a pastor, never realized that "Sonson" was one of the kidnappers. "Sonson", the killer of Lencie, was even present during the young girl's funeral and carried her coffin.