[News] Haiti is marching today to save the life of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine - Action Alert
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Wed Aug 29 12:11:00 EDT 2007
Action Alert: Haiti-based coalition asks for your help
Haiti is marching to save the life of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
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, August 29 and 31.
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
then 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.
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
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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