[News] Haiti is marching today to save the life of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine - Action Alert

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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
Tel: 011-509-245-0474

UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)
Tel:  011-509-244-9650-9660
Fax: 011-509-244-9366/67
Or, Fax, Office of General Secretary (New York) – (212) 963.4879

United States Embassy
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telephones: 011-509-223-4711, or 222-0200 or 0354
Fax: 011-509-223-1641 or 9038



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