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. (More on Lovinsky’s life below) 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.
The Group Initiative to Save the Life of Pierre-Antoine (Gwoup Inisyativ Pou Sove Lavi Pierre-Antoine), a broad coalition of Haitian elected officials, community organizations and human rights groups has announced plans for activities in Haiti calling for his safe return , including vigils and peaceful marches this Wednesday and Friday.
International suppport is needed to let the governments of Haiti and the US, as well as the UN Occupation, know that the world is watching. Please call these offices to express your concern that all efforts are being made for his safe and peaceful return.
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
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. The Coalition is deeply concerned over his disappearance.
For an interview with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine revealing conditions in Haiti, click here.