The Inter-American Commission on Human rights urges Haitian authorities to resolve the disappearance of Journalist Vladjimir Legagneur

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The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urges Haitian authorities to adopt the necessary measures to determine the whereabouts and situation of the journalist Vladjimir Legagneur, who has disappeared since March 14. 2018 in one of the most dangerous areas of the capital Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition to protecting the rights to life and personal integrity of Legagneur, the State must direct a thorough investigation into the alleged events that led to the disappearance.


According to the information available, the 30-year-old photojournalist left his house at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of March 14 to make a report on the living conditions in Grand Ravine, in the Martissant district, of which he never came back. Fleurette G. Legagneur, his wife, had immediately reported the situation to the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ).

 

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Independent journalist since 2017, Legagneur previously worked for the newspaper Le Matin , the online news agency Loop Haïti , other media and for non-governmental organizations in his country. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that according to the Haitian photojournalist association K2D (Kolektif 2 Dimansyon), Legagneur was working on an independent project with the objective of documenting the confrontations between the police and gangs in the Grand-Revaine neighborhood.



On Thursday, March 29, media reported that Haitian police conducted an intensive search of the area and found remains of a body in a vacant lot in the town of Palema in Grand Ravine, site where the photojournalist Vladimir went. According to a police report, the agents recovered the bones without the skull that were transferred to the scientific police for a DNA test to determine their identity.

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Previously, the spokesman of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Frantz Lerebours, declared on March 26 that the authorities have no trace or trace of the journalist, and fear a fatal outcome. "In such cases, without a demand for rescue, we fear a fatal outcome," that "the situation is very worrisome, but we can not boast of his death without having found his body," he added.

 

Various media and defense organizations of journalists such as the National Association of Haitian Media (ANHM), Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), among others, expressed their concern about the alleged slowness of the investigation and the silence of the police and judicial authorities on the measures taken to locate the journalist, who disappeared two weeks ago.



In relation to violence against journalists, the State has the obligation to conduct the investigation with due diligence and to exhaust all the logical lines of inquiry related to the exercise of journalistic activity; an investigation that does not ponder aspects related to the context of the region, as well as the professional activity of the journalist, will have less possibilities of achieving results. The Office of the Special Rapporteur insists on the need to create bodies and special investigation protocols.

 

Principle 9 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression of the IACHR states that "The murder, kidnapping, intimidation, threat to social communicators, as well as the material destruction of the media, violates fundamental rights and It is the duty of the States to prevent and investigate these acts, to punish their perpetrators and to assure the victims of adequate reparation. "

 
The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression is an office created by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in order to stimulate the hemispheric defense of the right to freedom of thought and expression, considering its fundamental role in the consolidation and development of the democratic system.


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