United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

12 October 1995


Fiftieth session
Agenda item 38


Report of the Secretary-General


1.  The present report is being submitted  to the General Assembly  pursuant
to paragraph  10 of resolution  49/27 A of 5 December  1994 and paragraph 11
of resolution 49/27 B of 12 July  1995, in which the Assembly  requested the
Secretary-General  to submit  to  it regular  reports  on  the  work of  the
International Civilian Mission to Haiti (MICIVIH).

2.  Following my  report of 29 June  1995 (A/49/926), the  General Assembly,
by its resolution 49/27 B,  extended the mandate of  the joint participation
of the United Nations with the Organization of American States (OAS) in  the
Mission until 7 February 1996.  The Mission  was charged with verifying full
observance by Haiti  of human rights and  fundamental freedoms, with a  view
to making recommendations thereon in order  to further the establishment  of
a climate of freedom  and tolerance propitious to the consolidation of long-
term   constitutional  democracy   in  Haiti   and  to  contribute   to  the
strengthening of democratic institutions.

3.    In addition  to its  headquarters  at Port-au-Prince,  MICIVIH has  12
regional offices.  The number of  observers has remained relatively  stable,
standing in September 1995 at 188 (88 OAS  and 100 United Nations, including
27 United  Nations Volunteers).   Forty-six  nationalities are  represented,
with women slightly outnumbering men.

4.   The considerable improvement in the human rights situation described in
my report of  29 June 1995  has continued,  and the  number of human  rights
violations has  remained low.  Fundamental  freedoms continue  to be enjoyed
by all sections of society, including by political  opponents and critics of
the President and the Government and of their policies.  Efforts  undertaken
by the  Government of Haiti  to improve the  justice and  penal systems have
proceeded apace, as have the

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 training and deployment of the new Haitian National Police (HNP).  Acts  of
summary "justice"  meted out by the  population to individuals caught in the

act of a crime, though still prevalent, decreased considerably.

5.  Nevertheless, there were sporadic reports of  ill treatment of detainees
and of abuse  of power by State agents.   The weakness  of the judiciary and
the often arbitrary nature of decisions and actions continue to be a  source
of concern in the area of respect for legal and constitutional guarantees.

Targeted killings by unidentified individuals

6.  Though most  of the  current violence in Haiti  is of a purely  criminal
nature  and therefore  outside the  Mission's mandate,  MICIVIH continues to
investigate killings that may  have a political context.  Since January 1995
it has  examined some  20 killings  where the  victims appear  to have  been
targeted for assassination and where robbery  was apparently not the motive.
Five  former members  of the  Haitian  Armed  Forces (FAdH),  three attaches
(armed civilians)/  members of the  Front revolutionnaire pour  l'avancement
et le progres  d'Haiti (FRAPH) and  several business persons were  among the
victims.   No political figures have  been murdered  since the assassination
of  Mireille Durocher-Bertin  in March  1995,  though  the automobile  of an
electoral candidate was ambushed and  his driver shot dead on  19 June.   It
has not been possible to determine the motives of any of the killings.

Use of excessive force

7.   MICIVIH raised  several cases  with the  authorities where  it believed
that  excessive force  may  have been  used  by police  in  law  enforcement
operations.  They included  the cases of  four suspects killed  by agents of
the Interim Public Security  Force (IPSF).  Although  it was not possible on
the basis of the information  available to confirm that  excessive force was
used, official  reports were contradicted  by other  sources, throwing doubt
on the official version that deadly force was necessary.

8.   Three individuals were  killed by Haitian  National Police  in July and
one  in September,  and several  people  suffered  bullet wounds  when newly
deployed HNP officers deliberately or accidentally  fired their guns  during
police  operations. The  head of  HNP informed  MICIVIH that  investigations
were  being carried out  into certain  incidents involving  HNP officers; no
details of the inquiries  are yet known.  Several cases of abuse of power by
off-duty HNP officers are also under investigation.

Summary "justice"

9.   MICIVIH  continued to  monitor  cases of  summary "justice"  (in  which
suspected criminals  were caught and  killed by local people)  to the extent
that  these  cases  were  linked  to   the  administration  of  justice,  to
guarantees of the  right to life and to  a fair trial,  and to the principle
of presumption of  innocence.  These killings reached  a peak in March  when
some 50  cases were  reported; the  number subsequently  dropped sharply  to
less than 10  in August.  This decline  was attributed in part to  increased
police action against  suspected criminals, more intense patrolling by  both
the United Nations Mission in  Haiti (UNMIH) and public security forces, and
to the deployment of  HNP.  To a certain  extent the creation of brigades de
vigilance  (vigilante  groups), particularly  in  areas  where  there is  no
police presence, may have deterred criminal activity, but in a small  number
of  cases  the  brigades  de  vigilance  have  themselves  been  accused  of
involvement  in   acts  of  summary  "justice".     Most   of  the  killings
investigated by MICIVIH, however, were the  result of spontaneous action  by
the  population. Police and judicial authorities have  appeared reluctant to
initiate proceedings in cases of summary "justice".

Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

10.  The widespread  and systematic use of torture and other forms of cruel,
inhuman or degrading treatment  has ceased.  Greater effort is being made to
bring detainees before a judge within 48 hours of arrest.  As of August  and
since  the deployment of  the new  police force  in mid-June, one  case of a

detainee being beaten by an HNP officer has been reported.

11.  MICIVIH has  raised with the authorities  several alleged cases  of ill
treatment  by IPSF officers,  Administration penitentiaire nationale (APENA)
prison guards and HNP,  including the cases of two detainees beaten by  IPSF
officers of the  Antigang police station in Port-au-Prince on 25 August, and
of  a young man beaten by  an HNP officer near Gonaives.  In most cases, the
authorities stated  that an  investigation was under  way.  In  one case,  a
prison guard was suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry.

Rights to freedom of expression and association

12.   The rights  to freedom  of expression  and association continue  to be
widely  enjoyed in Haiti.  An exception was  the legal proceedings initiated
in April  against a  former judge  after he  had made  a derogatory  comment
about  President Aristide  and the  head of the  Mouvement Paysan  de Papaye
(MPP).   The  Mission  also expressed  publicly its  concern  that no  radio
station  be closed during the  election campaign period,  after a justice of
the  peace in Les Cayes ordered the closure of a radio station on 10 June on
technical grounds  and  for alleged  subversive  intent.   The  station  was
subsequently reopened after complying with certain technical requirements.

Arbitrary or illegal arrests and detention

13.   MICIVIH investigated  a series  of arrests  and detentions,  some with
possible  political  overtones.    Irregularities   documented  include  the
issuing of arrest warrants without specifying individual charges, delays  in
bringing detainees before a  judge and a lack  of judicial oversight.  There
were  several  instances  in  which individuals  were  arrested  following a
search without  warrant, and where  the presence of  a justice  of the peace
was used  to justify the lack  of a search warrant.   Some individuals  were
detained  on the  basis  of a  sole  denunciation and  with  no  preliminary
inquiry.  Prolonged periods of pre-trial  detention have also been reported.
MICIVIH has  raised these  concerns with  judicial authorities  at both  the
national and local levels.

 Right to justice for victims of past human rights abuses

14.    Those  seeking  justice  through the  courts  for  past human  rights
violations still face  considerable obstacles, although certain judges  have
showed more willingness  to take action.   Inability to locate  the accused,
the  continuing reluctance of  some judicial  officials to  pursue cases and
the  escape  from  prison  of  several  of  the  accused  are  some  of  the
difficulties reported.  None the less,  numerous arrest warrants were issued
and a number of  former FAdH/FRAPH members arrested.   Among arrest warrants
issued  were  those  against  eight  people  accused  of  complicity  in the
massacre of  scores of peasants in Jean Rabel in 1987.  In September, police
arrested a former attache and FRAPH member allegedly implicated in the  1994
massacre at Raboteau, a  suburb of Gonaives.   Two former FAdH members  were
sentenced,  in absentia,  for past  human rights  violations, including  the
killing of a student in Les Cayes in 1992.  In  another case, an attache was
sentenced to hard labour for life for  his involvement in the  assassination
in  September 1993 of  Antoine Izmery,  a well-known  supporter of President

Human rights and the administration of criminal justice

15.  There has  been a gradual improvement in the administration of criminal
justice since  the return  of the  constitutional Government  on 15  October
1994,  despite  the fact  that  the  independence  and  impartiality of  the
judiciary were not  always evident - particularly  in cases with a political
complexion.    This  improvement  was  attributable  primarily  to  the  re-
establishment of democratic  institutions and the reform efforts  undertaken
by the Ministry of  Justice.  The latter  included a penal reform programme,
the  inauguration  in  July  1995  of  the  Justice  Academy  (Ecole  de  la
Magistrature) and initial steps to  develop an investigative capacity within

the criminal  justice system.   The  efforts of  the Government of  Haiti to
create a professional  civilian police force  should also  be noted in  this

16.  Much  remains to be done, however,  in the sphere of criminal  justice.
For instance, preventive  detention continues to be the rule rather than the
exception.  The right to  personal freedom is frequently violated because of
the failure to respect legal provisions specifying  that, except in cases of
flagrante delicto,  the examining magistrate is  the only judicial  official
authorized to deliver arrest warrants.  This, in conjunction with delays  in
judicial  proceedings, means that  the majority  of detainees  in Haiti have
not been convicted by a court of law.

17.   At the  beginning of September  there were 1,703  prisoners, 1,504  of
whom  were awaiting  trial;  only 199  had  been convicted.    Among  female
detainees,  the proportion of  those awaiting  trial was even higher  - of a
total  of 113  detainees, 107  were awaiting  trial and  only six  had  been
convicted.   A  considerable number  of  those awaiting  trial have  been in
prison  for  several  months.   According  to  available  information,  some
detainees have  never been presented  before a  judge; others  had not  been
taken  before   a  judge  within  the   48-hour  period   specified  in  the
Constitution.   Excessive delays in the administration  of criminal justice,
as well  as extremely poor conditions  of detention, have  led to riots  and
other problems within various detention centres.
  18.  The right  to defence for those accused  has not always  been upheld,
most notably for  economically disadvantaged people,  who form  the majority
of those facing legal proceedings.   Even in cases where the  right to legal
counsel  was  respected,  such  as  at   jury  trials,  there  were  serious
inadequacies.   Little or  no provision for  the right to  defence was  made
during  the period  of pre-trial  investigation,  during  which many  of the
elements  against the accused may  be collected.  In  some cases, defendants
alleged that  information had been extracted  under duress during  pre-trial

19.  MICIVIH observed the jury trials  held during recent months in a number
of towns, to assess  whether legal guarantees were  being upheld.   Progress
was made in certain  cases of particular  interest to both the national  and
international communities,  such as  those relating  to the  above-mentioned
killing of Antoine Izmery and the killing of  three employees of the Embassy
of  the United States  of America.   MICIVIH  considers that in  most of the
cases, criminal proceedings fell short of basic standards for a fair trial.

20.  The  conduct of pre-trial investigation  in criminal cases was  impeded
by a serious lack  of resources.  Judicial and police investigators are  not
trained  in  methods  of  scientific  inquiry  and at  times  even  lack the
necessary  personnel and  logistical resources  to  visit  the scene  of the
crime.   Consequently,  the  criminal investigation  of violent  deaths  has
failed to  satisfy international standards  and the  requirements of Haitian

The role of the International  Civilian Mission to Haiti  in reinforcing the
judicial system

21.    According to  its  mandate,  MICIVIH is  authorized  to  "assist  the
judiciary in strengthening the legal means  of guaranteeing the exercise  of
human rights  and respect for legal  procedures" (A/48/944,  annex, para. 10
(c) (xi)).  This work comprises two elements:   the verification of  respect
for human rights and  technical cooperation for the  reform of the  judicial

22.  The activities  of MICIVIH in  the sphere of technical cooperation  for
the reinforcement of  democratic institutions emerged from discussions  with
the  Haitian authorities.   They  have  included consultation  with  MICIVIH
jurists over the preparation of legal texts, training and  assistance in the
improvement of  the prison  system.  The  Minister of  Justice has  proposed
that MICIVIH representatives act as  observers to the Commission responsible

for  the  revision  of  legal  texts,  as  well  as provide  advice  on  the
elaboration of a further text regulating the activities of APENA.

23.   At the  national level,  members of  the MICIVIH  Department of  Legal
Affairs maintained regular contacts with representatives of the Ministry  of
Justice, HNP, APENA,  the Justice Academy,  the Police Academy (Ecole  de la
Police)  and  other  governmental  bodies.    At  the  local  level, MICIVIH
observers maintained  close contact with  judicial officials throughout  the
country and monitored  legal proceedings.   On the basis  of its  monitoring
activities,  MICIVIH  will   continue  to  submit  recommendations  to   the
Government of  Haiti for improvements in  the administration  of the justice

 Human   rights  and  the  Haitian  National  Police  -   the  role  of  the
International Civilian Mission to Haiti

24.  The Government of Haiti recently adopted  a code of conduct to regulate
the activities of the new national police force.  In view of recent  reports
of excessive use of  force and abuse  of power by police officials,  MICIVIH
proposed  its participation  in  training courses  for the  national police,
particularly with respect to international  principles governing the  use of
force and firearms.

25.   Following contacts  with the  Police Academy,  MICIVIH was  invited to
participate in  the  training of  police cadets.    This  training began  in
September and focused on international norms  for law enforcement officials.
In response  to requests  by UNMIH  civilian police  (CIVPOL), MICIVIH  also
gave a  presentation  to  new police  supervisors on  the  subject of  human
rights and the police.

The role of the International Civilian Mission to Haiti in prison reform

26.   MICIVIH staff held regular  discussions with the Government leading to
the creation  of a  national system  of prison  administration, APENA, on  5
June 1995.  MICIVIH has  worked with  the Government  in the  formulation of
prison regulations  in order to ensure  their conformity with  international
standards  relating  to  the  treatment  of  prisoners.    In  June, MICIVIH
cooperated  closely with  the Ministry  of  Justice  and the  United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) in the development  of a training programme for
prison officials employed by APENA.  More than 400 officials attended a two-
week training  course conducted by French  trainers working in  consultation
with  MICIVIH.   The Mission  continued  its  training programme  for prison
officials  on international  standards  and, following  investigations which
revealed grave  deficiencies  in the  maintenance  of  prison registers  and
prisoners' files, provided technical and training assistance in this  regard
to prison officials throughout the country.

27.    MICIVIH  continued  to  monitor  the  prison  administration  system,
focusing  on  detainees'  human rights  and  initiatives  to  improve prison
conditions.   Its  observers  from the  Penal Reform  Unit,  along with  the
Deputy  Director  General  and  Technical  Director  of  APENA  and  a  UNDP
representative, carried  out monthly visits to  each of  Haiti's 15 prisons.
MICIVIH  observers at regional  offices also  visited prisons  to assess the
treatment of detainees.  They documented  the legal situation of  detainees,
including through  individual interviews,  and noted  any irregularities  in
detention  procedures.   Where  appropriate, observers  approached  judicial
authorities and urged them to remedy such irregularities.

Relations with the National Commission of Truth and Justice

28.  MICIVIH continued to cooperate  with, and provide technical  assistance
to,  the  National  Commission  of  Truth  and  Justice.    It  concluded  a
memorandum of understanding  on the transmission of information and  general
cooperation  with the  Commission, emphasizing  the confidential  nature  of
MICIVIH information and  the need to obtain  prior permission of the  victim
or other informant for the transmission of any information requested.

29.   Teams of  investigators from  the Commission  were deployed throughout
the country  from mid-July to the  end of August  to collect information  on
past human rights abuses.   MICIVIH transmitted information  on a number  of
serious cases  where a  request had been  received from  the Commission  and
where  permission  had  been  granted  by  the  victims  or  other  relevant
individuals.    MICIVIH  also assisted  in  the  identification of  possible
burial sites of victims and  in the preparatory work necessary to facilitate
the operations of a team of forensic experts recruited by the Commission.

The  role  of  the  International  Civilian  Mission  to  Haiti  during  the

30.   The  United  Nations  and the  OAS  agreed  that, in  connection  with
elections, MICIVIH would monitor fundamental freedoms  such as the right  to
freedom of  expression  and assembly,  investigate threats  or incidents  of
intimidation, aggression or violence and promote confidence-building.

31.    During  the election  periods,  MICIVIH  observers  maintained  close
contact   with   political   parties,   candidates,   members   of   popular
organizations,  electoral officials  and others  involved in  the  electoral
process throughout the  country. Observers acted to facilitate  constructive
dialogue and  the resolution of  disputes between  opposing groups  whenever
possible, in order to diminish tension and prevent outbreaks of violence.

32.  Some 157  MICIVIH human rights observers reinforced the presence of the
OAS Election  Observation Mission (EOM) in  the field on  25 June 1995,  the
first  round  of  the  legislative  and  local  government  elections,   and
approximately  125 during the 17 September run-offs for parliamentary seats.
About 87 MICIVIH  observers were present  during the complementary elections
held  on 13  August in  areas  where  organizational or  other difficulties,
notably  the absence of  voter lists  and other  essential voting materials,
had prevented elections from taking place on 25 June.

33.   MICIVIH found  that,  despite isolated  acts of  aggression, the  June
elections  were relatively free  of political  violence, with  few incidents
resulting in physical injury.

34.   During the immediate  post-election-day period, there were a number of
violent  demonstrations  that  culminated  in  the  ransacking  of   polling
stations and the burning or  destruction of completed ballot  papers.  These
demonstrations appeared  to be  protests against the  alleged unfairness  of
the  voting  process  and  other  irregularities,  but  may  also  have been
intended  to  disrupt  the   electoral  proceedings  on   behalf  of  losing

35.   Several candidates  or their  supporters were  arrested in  connection
with the above-mentioned incidents or for  causing disorder on polling  day.
MICIVIH  followed  closely the  legal  and  criminal procedures  followed in
these cases,  in particular with  regard to the  arrest on 28  June of  Duly
Brutus, a former President  of the Chamber of Deputies and candidate of  the
Parti national  progressiste revolutionnaire (PANPRA),  and that of  Jacques
Laguerre,  a justice  of  the  peace, on  6 July.   Both  were provisionally
released.  Despite these incidents, the vast majority of  electors were able
to vote without fear of intimidation or violence.

 Medical assistance to victims of human rights violations

36.  Since  its return  to Haiti  in October 1994,  MICIVIH has ensured  the
provision  of  medical  assistance  to  some  600  victims  of  human rights
violations  committed under the de facto military Government.  This has been
achieved in collaboration with  a national network of medical professionals,
created by a MICIVIH  initiative in 1993, and, since October 1994, the  non-
governmental  organization  Medecins du  Monde.   Some  60  per cent  of the
victims whose cases were  taken up by MICIVIH had suffered torture, rape and
other forms of cruel or degrading treatment.

37.     The  Medical   Unit  of   MICIVIH  continued   to  compile  detailed
documentation  on  the medical  consequences  of  human  rights  violations,
whether physical or  psychological in  nature, for  victims, family  members
and witnesses.   When appropriate,  it provided  statements certifying  that
the medical condition of individuals was  consistent with their testimony of
human rights  abuse.  In  recent months, MICIVIH  has given  priority to the
preparation of  medical statements  relating  to individual  cases of  human
rights  violations for submission  to the  National Commission  on Truth and

38.   The  Medical Unit  undertook a  study on  the long-term  psychological
effects of human rights  violations on individuals and  family members.  The
Unit   worked   with   local   health   professionals   and   non-government
organizations towards the creation of a  community clinic for the  treatment
of psychological  trauma.  Training for  the first  50 community  therapists
began in the middle of September 1995.

Human rights and public education activities

39.  Under  the guidance of the Human  Rights Education Unit, MICIVIH  teams
have continued to disseminate information material  on human rights.  During
the election campaign,  presentations focused on international human  rights
standards and fundamental criteria for free and fair elections.

40.   MICIVIH worked  closely in  this regard  with local  human rights  and
popular  organizations, as  well  as with  relevant  government  ministries,
international agencies and international non-governmental organizations.

41.   MICIVIH periodically made  public its  assessment of the  human rights
situation as well as relevant  recommendations through press releases, media
interviews  and  press  briefings.    In   an  effort  to  disseminate   its
information and the activities  of the Mission more widely, the first  issue
of a monthly newsletter, MICIVIH News, was released in September.

Relations  between  the International  Civilian  Mission  to  Haiti and  the
Haitian authorities

42.   MICIVIH maintains good and  productive working  relationships with the
Haitian authorities at all levels.  A sign  of the vastly improved relations
with the  Haitian authorities has  been the  unprecedented and  unrestricted
access to detention centres since the Mission's return in October 1994.

 43.   At  the local  level,  MICIVIH  regional coordinators  and  observers
maintain regular  contact  with local  government,  police  (HNP and  IPSF),
prison and judicial officials, prosecutors and  defence counsels, as well as
with  elected officials and  leaders of grass-roots and other organizations.
MICIVIH  has been  invited by  governmental  and  elected officials  on many
occasions  to  attend  local  meetings   to  discuss  issues  affecting  the

44.   MICIVIH teams have been  able to use  their good  relations with local
officials  and community and  other leaders  to defuse potentially explosive
situations  -  for   example,  to  facilitate   meetings  with   groups  and
communities involved in land and other disputes.

45.  MICIVIH is in the process of  preparing a series of recommendations for
submission to  the Government.   These  will  include a  number of  measures
intended to  prevent human rights violations  and to  reinforce human rights
safeguards.  They  will  focus inter  alia  on  strengthening  the  criminal
justice  system, improving the treatment of detainees and the conduct of law
enforcement  officials,  and  penal  reform.     They  will  also  urge  the
Government  to ratify  those  international human  rights  and  humanitarian
treaties to  which  it  is  not yet  a  party  and to  create  an  ombudsman
institution  (Office de  la  protection du  citoyen) as  called  for  by the
Constitution of Haiti.

46.   In  order  to  facilitate the  involvement of  Haitian society  in the
debate  on  judicial reforms,  MICIVIH  is  considering  a  proposal for  an
international conference on human rights  and the administration of criminal
justice in Haiti, in  collaboration with the Centre  for Human Rights of the
United Nations Secretariat.

Relations between  the  International  Civilian  Mission to  Haiti  and  the
United Nations Mission in Haiti

47.  Relations between MICIVIH and UNMIH continue to proceed smoothly,  with
frequent  consultation,  coordination  and exchange  of  information  taking
place at  all levels of  both Missions.   MICIVIH continued  to work closely
with  CIVPOL in  monitoring the conduct of  HNP in the area  of human rights
and  in  observing  the  performance  of  the  newly  established  cadre  of
correction officers, as well as conditions of detention.

48.  UNMIH's administrative component helps  meet MICIVIH's requirements  by
providing a full  range of administrative services pertaining to  personnel,
procurement,   finance,   transport,  communications,   logistics,  movement
control,  general  services,  management  information,  security,   building
management  and engineering.   Additional support  was provided  at times of
increased  activity  during   the  period  of  electoral  observation,   for
instance.  Outposted UNMIH administrative officers provided similar  support
to  MICIVIH elements  in their  areas  of  operation, in  addition to  their
functions  in support of military and CIVPOL personnel.   The Air Operations
Section  of  UNMIH facilitated  and  provided  transportation  on  scheduled
flights for  MICIVIH personnel  and equipment  to all  locations within  the
Mission area.


49.   In my  previous  report  to the  General Assembly,  I noted  that,  in
agreement with  the Secretary-General of OAS,  I intended  to recommend that
the mandate  of the  United Nations  component of  MICIVIH be extended  by a
full year, until 8 July 1996 (A/49/926, para. 34).  However, the  Government
of Haiti  asked at that stage  that the extension be  only until 7  February
1996,  the date on  which, under  the Constitution,  the President's mandate
expires.   Therefore,  while recommending  an  extension  of the  mandate of
MICIVIH  until  7  February 1996,  I  noted  that  I  had  indicated to  the
Government  that it  would  be  important  that any  request  for a  further
extension  of the mandate  beyond that date  be received  before the General
Assembly considered the item entitled "The  situation of democracy and human
rights in Haiti" at its fiftieth session.

50.    After  consultations  with  the  Secretary-General  of  OAS,  who has
expressed a  readiness for  a continued  MICIVIH presence  in Haiti  after 7
February 1996 on the  basis of the memorandum  of understanding between  our
two organizations, I intend, upon receipt of a  request to that effect  from
the Government  of  Haiti, to  formulate  a  recommendation to  the  General
Assembly for an extension of the mandate of MICIVIH.

51.   Should the Government of  Haiti make such a request, it is recommended
that  the  terms of  reference  be adjusted  to  place  greater  emphasis on
technical  cooperation with  the  Government  in the  area  of  institution-
building,  in  particular  in the  judicial  and penal  fields,  and on  the
promotion and protection of  human rights.  The size and composition of  its
staff would be reassessed in consultation  with the Secretary-General of OAS
to reflect the new emphasis of the Mission's work.



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