Haiti: Certificates of filed reports that are issued by the police, particularly in Hinche (Centre department); their appearance and content; whether there is a template for filed reports used by all police stations in Haiti and whether there is one for the police station in Hinche; whether the police record or save a copy of all certificates of reports filed; requirements and procedure for obtaining a copy (2016-November 2018) [HTI106202.FE]

Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa

Information on certificates of reports filed in Haiti was scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response.

In a telephone interview with the Research Directorate, an official at the Departmental Service of Judicial Police (Service départemental de la police judiciaire, SDPJ) of the Centre department indicated that when a report is filed, a form is completed by the police officer (Haiti 1 Nov. 2018). In correspondence with the Research Directorate, the SDPJ official provided the Research Directorate with two sample forms for filed reports that were used until September 2018 (Attachments 1 and 2) and two samples for filed reports that have been used since September 2018 (Attachments 3 and 4); however, no details were provided as to the differences in usage.

According to information provided by the SDPJ official, reports are recorded in the [translation] “Report Book” and the individual who filed the report may obtain a copy of the form by making a request in person or through a lawyer (Haiti 1 Nov. 2018). The copy is signed by the head of investigations of SDPJ and is stamped (Haiti 1 Nov. 2018). Corroborating information could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response.

In correspondence with the Research Directorate, the SDPJ official added, without providing further details, that the police also issue certificates of filed reports to the individual who filed the report [translation] “depending on the length of time since the report was filed” (Haiti 2 Nov. 2018). Information on the process for obtaining a copy of the certificate of filed reports could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response.

Information on the appearance of the certificate of filed reports could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within the time constraints of this Response, nor could information be found on whether there is a template certificate for all police stations in Haiti or a template certificate for filed reports for the police station in Hinche.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Note

[1] NIF refers to the tax identification number (Numéro d’identification fiscale, NIF), whereas CIN is the abbreviation for the national identity card (Carte d’identité nationale, CIN) (Le Nouvelliste23 Nov. 2005).

References

Haiti. 2 November 2018. Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH). Correspondence sent to the Research Directorate from an official at the Section départementale de la police judiciaire (SDPJ) of the Centre department.

Haiti. 1 November 2018. Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH). Telephone interview with an official at the Section départementale de la police judiciaire (SDPJ) of the Centre department.

Le Nouvelliste. 23 November 2005. Robenson Bernard. “Carte d’identification nationale et matricule fiscale .” [Accessed 8 Nov. 2018]

Additional Sources Consulted

Oral sources:Haiti – Office de la protection du citoyen; Haïti Justice; Réseau national de défense des droits humains.

Internet sites. including:ecoi.net; Haïti Justice; UN – Refworld, United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti.

Attachments

  1. Haiti. N.d. Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH), Centre department. “Service des plaintes.” Sent to the Research Directorate by an official at the Section départementale de la police judiciaire (SDPJ) of the Centre department, 1 November 2018.
  2. Haiti. N.d. Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH), Centre department. “Plainte.” Sent to the Research Directorate by an official at the Section départementale de la police judiciaire (SDPJ) of the Centre department, 1 November 2018.
  3. Haiti. N.d. Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH), Centre department. “Service des plaintes.” Sent to the Research Directorate by an official at the Section départementale de la police judiciaire (SDPJ) of the Centre department, 1 November 2018.
  4. Haiti. N.d. Police nationale d’Haïti (PNH), Centre department. “Plainte.” Sent to the Research Directorate by an official at the Section départementale de la police judiciaire (SDPJ) of the Centre department, 1 November 2018.