HAITI ACTION ALERT: A broad coalition of Haitian elected officials, community organizations and human rights groups, including Fondayson Trant Septanm (September 30th Foundation) have announced plans for a series of activities in Haiti calling for the safe return of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. At a press conference in Port-au-Prince on Monday, August 27th, the coalition, Gwoup Inisyativ Pou Sove Lavi Pierre-Antoine (Group Initiative to Save the Life of Pierre-Antoine), announced that it would stage vigils and peaceful marches this Wednesday and Friday.
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine is a Haitian grassroots leader, member of the Lavalas Party, and the head of Fondayson Trant Septanm, a Haitian human rights organization that advocates for victims of the 1991 and 2004 coup d'etats against the democratically-elected governments of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He has not been seen since the evening of Sunday, August 12, 2007 after meeting with a U.S. human rights delegation currently in Haiti. He is presumed kidnapped.
As a young psychologist working in Port au Prince, Lovinsky helped establish Fondsayon Kore Timoun Yo (Foundation for the Support of Children) for young street children in Port au Prince; FAM (Foyer pour Adolescentes Mères), a center for teenage mothers; and Map Viv ("I Live"), a program designed to give psychological and medical aid to the victims of the first coup against Aristide in 1991. The September 30th Foundation, named for the date of the first coup against President Aristide in 1991, emerged out of this work. Similar to the work of Mothers of the Disappeared in Central and South America, September 30th Foundation held weekly vigils demanding justice for victims of human rights violations and the release of political prisoners.
Forced to leave Haiti after the 2004 coup, Lovinsky returned to the country in April 2006. Since that time, he has continued his efforts on behalf of human rights. A delegation of activists with the Haiti Action Committee had the privilege of meeting with Lovinsky in his home last month. We are deeply concerned over his disappearance.
Please support the call by the Gwoup Inisyativ Pou Sove Lavi Pierre-Antoine.
Contact the following offices of the Haitian government, the U.S. Embassy and the U.N. occupying powers. Express your concern that all efforts are being made to facilitate the safe and peaceful return of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine.
Call the authorities in Haiti, at (011):
Haitian Ministry of Justice
UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
Or, Fax, Office of General Secretary (New York) – (212) 963.4879
United States Embassy
Telephones: 011-509-223-4711, or 222-0200 or 0354
Fax: 011-509-223-1641 or 9038