Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine est ce militiant des droits de l'Homme responsable de la "Fondasyon 30 septanm", un homme dont le courage peut-être comparé à celui de Jean Dominique, engagé dans un combat pour que justice soit rendue aux victimes du coup d'Etat de 1991 fomenté par l'armée et finançé par les riches commerçants de l'importation. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine a été "kidnappé" il y a plus de six mois et depuis on est sans nouvelles.
Honneur à Mme Selva James pour ce soutien qui s'ajoute à ceux de diverses personnalités et au jêune devant l'ambassade du Brésil, à Londres tous les mercredis de 17h à 18h.
Respect également pour ces mots généreux : " Nous avons une grande dette envers le peuple haïtien dont la révolution victorieuse a tracé une voie" qui iraient (s'il pouvait l'entendre-ce qui est impossible vu la censure dans les média du pays) droit au coeur d'un peuple qui, depuis 1957 subit les outrages d'un seul et même groupe de profiteurs.
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The Black Jacobins and the disappearance of
At a conference marking the 70th anniversary of the publication of CLR James’s masterpiece The Black Jacobins (Saturday 2 February), Selma James will dedicate her opening speech to Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, the abducted human rights advocate disappeared in Haiti over six months ago.
The Black Jacobins is CLR James’s classic study of the Haitian Revolution. The people of Haiti were the first to overthrow their slave masters and defeat the most powerful empires of the time. Their victory strengthened all who struggled to end slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean, and who were resisting exploitation and injustice. It directly aided the anti-colonial movement in South America: Liberator Simon Bolivar was armed and supported by the independent Haitian government, and Haitian soldiers joined his ranks. The Haitians asked only that slavery be abolished wherever independence was won.
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine is the much loved co-founder of Fondasyon Trant Septanm, an organization for the grassroots families of the victims of the 1991 and 1994 coups against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Like the Mothers of the Disappeared in Central and South America, they hold weekly vigils demanding justice for victims of human rights violations and the release of political prisoners. Lovinsky is also co-founder of Fondasyon Kore Timoun Yo for young street children in Port-au-Prince, of FAM, a centre for teenage mothers, and of Map Viv (“I Live”) which gives medical support to the coup victims.
Selma James, widow and close colleague of CLR for almost 30 years, is co-ordinator of the Global Women’s Strike which holds a weekly Fast and Vigil for Lovinsky. She says:
“We have a great debt to the Haitian people whose victorious revolution led the way. The Haitian Revolution has survived the imposition by France of a crippling debt, and US invasions, coups and dictatorships. It is alive today in the extraordinary resilience and courage of people like Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. CLR would have been delighted to see that his book was being used to raise the profile of Haiti’s movement of resistance today. We can't just stand by. We have to ask the Commissioner for Human Rights and Forced Disappearances of the United Nations to take action. What is Brazil, which heads the UN forces that occupy Haiti, doing? What is the United States doing? They were quick to force President Aristide into exile. They have enormous power. What are they doing now to find Lovinsky? We must leave no stone unturned.”
Amnesty International has just issued a second Urgent Action Report for Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and his colleague Wilson Mésilien (28 January, http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?lang=e&id=ENGAMR360032008 available in English, French and Spanish).
Haitian people are keeping up determined efforts to ensure Lovinsky’s safe return, and have received ongoing international support.
How you can support Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
Circulate the Amnesty International report and fax or email the Haitian government and other authorities listed.
Join the London Fast and Vigil every Wednesday 5-6pm outside the Brazilian Embassy, 32 Green Street, W1 7AT. Brazil heads the UN forces in Haiti.
Write/Email/Fax the Brazilian Embassy every Wednesday. We understand that the Embassy has already received many letters.
If you can’t join the Vigil, fast where you are and let us know. Wear a Lovinsky badge available from us.
Sign and circulate the online petition: Over 1,800 people, including actors Danny Glover, Vanessa Redgrave and Martin Sheen, have signed. http://www.petitiononline.com/august/petition.html
Remind your MP to sign John McDonnell’s parliamentary Early Day Motion, and contact your local press/media about Lovinsky. Let us know if you’d like to call a Vigil or gather signatures on the petition in your area.
Ask your church or faith group to hold a service for Lovinsky. A number have already taken place. It’s an important way of keeping him present and with us.
For information about actions for Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, model letters and the AI reports
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