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Lage Lovinsky - Free Lovinsky (Pg. 2)

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Ezili Dantò's Note: Bwa Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine Pierre by Ezili Dantò, For Haitian Perspective, and The FreeHaitiMovement, August 23, 2007
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Lage Lovinsky: Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun, August 13, 2007
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9 dead, 25 injured in Hurricane Dean
By Tallahasee.com, August 23, 2007
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Trip to Haiti Changes Students, By By Angeline Taylor, Tallahasee.com, August 23, 2007
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Ezili Dantò's Note: Who benefits from silencing and eliminating Lovinsky Pierre Antoine? - HLLN continues its coverage and analysis of the abduction of Lovinksy Pierre Antoine in Haiti

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Action Alert on Lovinsky by TASSC - Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, August 23, 2007, tassc.org
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Lage Lovinsky - Free Lovinsky (Pg. 1)

HLLN PressRelease/Urgent Action Requested: Tell whoever has taken Lovinsky Pierre Antoine that an international audience deeply concerned about the fate of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is witnessing their actions. Help raise the international concern and visibility of this human rights violation case. Help save the life of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, stop his torture, prevent his execution. | HLLN's Urgent Action Requested, August 18, 2007
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Darren Ell's interviews with Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, entitled "Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti," dated Feb. 18 and March 4, 2007
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The Power of History: Haiti
Mumia Abu-Jamal
, August 19, 2007


 

Dessalines Is Rising!!
Ayisyen: You Are Not Alone!


 




It's Neither Hope nor Progress When the International Community is Running Haiti by Ezili Dantò, Haitian Perspective, August 11, 2007
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Haitian Prisoner of Conscience returns home : Beloved "Mon Pere" Jean Juste Come Home,
By Bill Quigley, August 23, 2007
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Media Lies and Real Haiti News, Aug. 12, 2007
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Moving On, Aug. 7, 2007
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"...it's that old ripped yarn, spinning played out stories in different colors when not flying on Coast Guard boats sa*iling our ancestor's tear-filled sound waves..."Red, Black & Moonlight - Carnegie Hall performance clip

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End Media Silence on Lovinsky

"Why is MINUSTHA silent about the disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine? Picket Line at UN, New York

"...Si nou fè silens,
y ’ap fè l pou nou,
y’ap fè l sans nou
y’ap fè l kont nou...Ki vle di, pran peyi Ayiti lan men nou..."
Alina Sixto on Free (Sove) Lovinsky, mp3 (8:19, Emission Fanmi Lavalas New York, Sept. 16, 2007)
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Ezili Dantò's Note- Allegedly there's a person who claims he saw Lovinsky after Lovinsky was taken( mp3/7:08, Emission Fanmi Lavalas, NY, Sept. 23, 2007)
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Commentaire de Franklin Ulysse, editorialiste : Ou est passe Lovinsky Pierre Antoine et qui est le serpent aux lunettes noires? |(mp3/ 6:29 - Emission Fanmi Lavalas, New York, Sept. 23, 2007)
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BWA KAYIMAN, 2008

Bourgeoisie Freedom

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No other national
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Ezili Dantò's master Haitian dance class (Video clip)

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A group of Haitian migrants arrive in a bus after being repatriated from the nearby Turks and Caicos Islands, in Cap-Haitien, northern Haiti, Thursday, May 10, 2007. They were part of the survivors of a sailing vessel crowded with Haitian migrants that overturned Friday, May 4 in moonlit waters a half-mile from shore in shark-infested waters. Haitian migrants claim a Turks and Caicos naval vessel rammed their crowded sailboat twice before it capsized. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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zilibutton In a series of articles written for the October 17, 2006 bicentennial commemoration of the life and works of Dessalines, I wrote for HLLN that: "Haiti's liberator and founding father, General Jean Jacques Dessalines, said, "I Want the Assets of the Country to be Equitably Divided" and for that he was assassinated by the Mullato sons of France. That was the first coup d'etat, the Haitian holocaust - organized exclusion of the masses, misery, poverty and the impunity of the economic elite - continues (with Feb. 29, 2004 marking the 33rd coup d'etat). Haiti's peoples continue to resist the return of despots, tyrants and enslavers who wage war on the poor majority and Black, contain-them-in poverty through neocolonialism' debts, "free trade" and foreign "investments." These neocolonial tyrants refuse to allow an equitable division of wealth, excluding the majority in Haiti from sharing in the country's wealth and assets." (See also, Kanga Mundele: Our mission to live free or die trying, Another Haitian Independence Day under occupation; The Legacy of Impunity of One Sector-Who killed Dessalines?; The Legacy of Impunity:The Neoconlonialist inciting political instability is the problem. Haiti is underdeveloped in crime, corruption, violence, compared to other nations, all, by Marguerite 'Ezili Dantò' Laurent
     
No other national group in the world sends more money than Haitians living in the Diaspora
 
 
 
 
 







 

On-line Petition - Free Lovinsky
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Lage Lovinsky - Free Lovinsky

HLLN PressRelease/Urgent Action Requested: Tell whoever has taken Lovinsky Pierre Antoine that an international audience deeply concerned about the fate of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is witnessing their actions. Help raise the international concern and visibility of this human rights violation case. Help save the life of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, stop his torture, prevent his execution. | HLLN's Urgent Action Requested, August 18, 2007
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Ezili Dantò's Note: HLLN continues its coverage of the disappearance and abduction of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine. Thank you to all those supporting our campaign demanding that Lovinsky is set free, including Site Soley's Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun; TASSC International - the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition ( go to http://www.tassc.org/ ;). We are appreciative of the kind e-mail received from the Peninsula Chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, applauding Ezili HLLN's "efforts to correct these injustices." | August 25, 2007


--(On-line Petition) - Liberez Monsieur Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine : Cette petition emane du bureau de communication du Black United World ( l'Union Mondiale du Peuple Noir) en collaboration avec l'Association Afro-Haitienne Vwa Zanset ( la Voix des Ancetres) et le Haitian Lawyers Leadership, avec la participation de Baz Fanmi Lavalas nan Monreyal

Ezili Dantò's note:
Bwa Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, by Ezili Dantò, Haitian Perspectives, August 23, 2007 for the FreeHaitiMovement

 

"...Black suffering and death (in Haiti) meant white profits and sweets...an
axiom commonly used in France at the time of the French Revolution: "The Ivory Coast is a good mother." What that meant was slavery and brutality was good for business! ...History is important; it teaches us why things are the way they are. It teaches not only about yesterday, but about today."
(excerpted from Mumia Abu-Jamal at prison radio - The Power of History: Haiti |Recorded, August 19, 2007 - MP3-3:34

Bwa Kayiman 2007 and the case of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine

The Two Most Common Neocolonial Storylines about Haiti

I was just reading news articles on Haiti as I do every morning and came across an article about some Tallahassee students from Florida, who got stranded in Haiti because of Hurricane Dean. Here are some of the major points made in the article:

"They sent relief flights to other Caribbean countries. They wouldn't send any to Haiti due to so-called 'civil unrest,' Shamair Coward, an FSU student, said about the airlines.

“Even though (the five U.S. students) didn't see any civil unrest in the country where they had been offering medical assistance, they were stranded....But, their experience changed them and each said they will return. Lewin, Coward and Ruscher said they couldn't adequately convey the level of poverty they witnessed.

"The vast majority of the people were just trying to get through the day," Lewin said. "You can never judge people by your perceptions or the reality of your life. Most people are exactly like you."

“The Rotary-sponsored Rotaract Club went to Haiti as part of Project Medishare - a nonprofit organization serving Haiti's Central Plateau region with basic health-care needs. The trip was Rotaract Club's first service project. Haiti's mountains saved them from Hurricane Dean. "Thank God the hurricane didn't hit Haiti," Ruscher said.

She said she felt bad for areas that got hit. She didn't see how Haiti's village of Thomonde with its stick-like houses and no doors could weather a Category 5 hurricane.

"They didn't have anything but they were proud of what they have," Ruscher said.

"In a world where there's so much advancement and technology, people are still just looking for food to eat," she said." (See, "Trip to Haiti changes students" By Angeline Taylor)

There are perhaps two common stories about Haiti that are retold ad nausea:

One is, the convenient black-on-black crime dismissal where the manipulated Haiti image displays the fighting "troubled" Haitians with the "winner take all politics and attitudes" who won't allow Western countries to help them modernized and who are continually killing each other in "civil unrest" and who simply cannot absorb foreign aid or use effectively the generous help provided by the benevolent, heroic and wealthier U.S./Euro white world.

The Tallahassee students' article ("Trip to Haiti changes students") is a good example of the second common news story on the "needy (and pitiful but proud) Haitians" of Haiti.

That article tells the perpetual story of the poor, pitiful, proud and victimized Haitians and of the young, innocent, compassionate white American come to “do good” in Haiti. It's a true article and I've read a thousand of them with different faces, same storyline on Haiti.

One group is heroic and self-less, one group is helpless and proud victim and forever shall that be, as is intended, by the powers always not allowing there to be any relief from these pre-ordained roles and the racists and cultural biases it extends about Haitians from the time Haitians chose Africa instead of Europe at Bwa Kayiman, on August 14, 1791.

What such stories don't tell, is most important. Why didn't American Airlines send relief flights to Haiti? Why didn't the journalist question American Airlines on this "civil unrest" their claiming, when the eyewitness - the students in the story - say, they "didn't see any civil unrest in the country." Why didn't the journalist report on the hundreds of Haitians with tickets from American Airlines, living abroad, who were stranded with no way of getting back to their families, children, work and livelihoods abroad and who, as a result of American Airlines' failure to send relief flights to Haiti, lost their jobs, suffered unendurably and were irreversibly affected by American Airlines' malevolence? (9 Haitians dead, one disappearance, 25 injured in Hurricane Dean; No other national group anywhere in the world sends money home in higher proportion than Haitians living abroad).

Is Haitian life so valueless that the reporting journalist can comfortably report on the white students' "do-good" works, compassion and "suffering from being stranded in Haiti", but not even inquire about the Haitians who actually died, lost homes, livelihoods, saved and rescued each other during the storm? Why isn't there even one line to mention those Haitians living abroad, also visiting Haiti, come to serve their own sister, brothers, friends and relatives, but who, having no money or Rotary Club to help defray their extra expenses, suffered comparatively much, much more from the ravages of Hurricane Dean, but who will be back again, next month, regardless of American Airlines' humiliating them year after year, voyage after voyage, while always taking their monies, always providing racist and unprofessional service to Black Haiti and Haitians? Why ignore that the students went for the fun, challenge, adventure and the boost in serotonin-consumption and the Haitians went because dignity and survival requires it and mostly they must take care of family.

Because such inquiries wouldn't assist the feel-good for-one-group point of the story; because the truth about Haiti's pain and the profit-over-people-white-folks, the poverty pimps and their black overseers, who masturbate on Haiti's Black pain is not what these stories want to convey.

Moreover, these stories won't convey this: how the poverty in Haiti is induced by their own mean-spirited powerful Western governments; how there are more "compassionate" NGO's in Haiti than anywhere else in the world, how this aid has never changed the storylines for Haiti. For there are constant stories such as this, where compassionate Westerners go to Haiti for the first time, are "changed," become "more compassionate" and are compelled to "return to Haiti to-do-more-good." Yet, Haiti's containment in poverty has gone on, for the majority of Haitians, for over two hundred years. And as the article points out: "In a world where there's so much advancement and technology, people are still just looking for food to eat."

What is going on?

Why, if there are more NGO's and such charitable non-profit organizations concentrated in Haiti than anywhere else in the world; why, if these compassionate Westerners are continually returning to do "good" in Haiti, for over 200-years, have there not been any significant advancements made and the vast majority of Haitians in Haiti are poor and still just looking for food to eat?

Because only the wilfully blind or naïve believe that whitefolks agenda in Haiti has anything to do with promoting democracy, development, compassion, freedom of expression and good governance.

Because the same "civilized white" folks who wouldn't send relief flights to Haiti so these U.S. students could get home are the same mindsets of peoples who own the countries Haiti had beat in combat and who still extend their wrath on Haitians whether it is to refuse to send relief flights after a hurricane or by their 33 negative foreign interventions to destroy whatever structures Haitians had built, sponsoring themselves those civil unrest/coup d'etats on Haiti to continue to punish Haitians in all sorts of ways and thereby maintain those two storylines intact, until eternity comes.

Haiti is always being belittled and ostracized by those powers. (See, Media Lies and Real Haiti News).

The neocolonial storylines serve and reinforce the white settlers' Tarzan/Superman mythical compassion, sacrifice and heroism towards needy Black Haitians/Africans and to blunt and obfuscate the truth of U.S./Euro corporate, governmental and imperial bullying, injustice and barbarity in Haiti. These storylines extend white hypocrisy to the nth degree, fostering the "godliness" of the Westerner convincing himself he bore the brunt of the ravages of Haiti's struggles and "helped" the needy Haitians. When the uncomplicated truth is that it's white systemic tyranny, ethnocentricity and neocolonialism and its consequences of underdevelopment in Haiti that leaves Haitians without access, opportunity and the material structures to protect themselves against acts of nature such as Hurricane Dean. Nowhere in these storylines will you learn how the U.S. citizen's individual compassion (sincere as it may well be for some) extends dependency, paternalism and co-exists and is vastly overwhelmed by the white settlers' official and systemic, political, military, diplomatic, media and corporate tyranny and economic exploitation of Haiti and Haitians.

But Haitians are not as pitiful as being trumpeted by these neocolonial storylines. For, it may be observed that Haitians are so powerful that the greatest superpowers on earth and their mainstream medias spend their printing space spreading these two storylines and half truths on Haiti, in willing efforts, to ignore, diminish and re-cast Haiti's noble David-against-Goliath-Herculean struggle. (See, I pay this price for you and US False Benevolence in Haiti.*)


This reality also brings to mind that we are in the month of August and that August 14, 2007 marked the anniversary of the ceremony that began the Haitian revolution where Haitians forever changed world history, annihilated (for a time) those two storylines and broke their chains themselves, found “relief flights” for themselves. It reminds me that though Haiti still suffers for that great feat everyday, and in a myriad of ways, it can never actually be undone.

Part 2
Remembering the price Haitians pay for saving themselves-Remembering Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and Boukman's Prayer


To remember why these Western storylines still exist, why tiny Haiti is under such a brutal Western occupation today...and, to recall and celebrate it is because we Dessalines-Haitians are STILL who we are, every August, Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN") re-post Boukman's Prayer at Bwa Kayiman and commemorates Bwa Kayiman for the FreeHaitiMovement.
(https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto
/2006-08/msg00001.html
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This August, we also take the opportunity to thank all those who are standing up for Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, a tireless Haitian human rights advocate who went missing on August 12, 2007. (Who benefits from silencing and eliminating Lovinsky Pierre Antoine? - HLLN continues its coverage and analysis of the abduction of Lovinksy Pierre Antoine in Haiti.; It's Neither Hope nor Progress When the International Community is Running Haiti.)

As it happens, this past August 14, 2007, HLLN was busy working on getting information to share with the Network on Lovinsky's disappearance. Today we catch up by featuring both Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and Ceremony Bwa Kayiman in this annual HLLN post.

And ask, once again, for all of you receiving this email to write, fax, call, insist, tell whoever it is that is trying to silence this Haitian voice, tell whoever it is who has taken Lovinsky Pierre Antoine that an international audience deeply concerned about the fate of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is witnessing their actions. Help HLLN raise the international concern and visibility of this human rights violation case. Help save the life of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, stop his torture, prevent his execution by the traditional imperialist powers so fearful of Black sovereignty and authentic Haitianist development.

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Bwa Kayiman

On August 14, 1791, a Vodun ceremony was held in Haiti at Bwa Kayiman that began the successful Haitian revolution and got rid of both European enslavement of Africans in Haiti and colonialism. The word "Vodun" means "sacred energies" in the Fon African language. It was at Bwa Kayiman that a "lwa," meaning "an irreducible essence," called “Ezili Dantò” and known in Haitian mythology and in the Vodun living religion, as the mother warrior/love goddess, danced in the head of a Haitian priestess named Cecile Fatiman who presided at that great gathering of the amalgamated African tribes in Haiti. ( Ezili Dantò 1971 bio; Haiti Epistemology; The Divine Mother - Ezili Dantò, Asset, Isis.)

Below, after Boukman's Prayer, are monologues on Bwa Kayiman, written by Ezili Dantò, president of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN), writer and award winning performance poet. (Carnegie Hall clip; Red, Black & Moonlight video reel; and Red, Black & Moonlight: Memoir of a Poet (Special Edition) - A Burnt Offering to the Ancestors ).

Nou lèd, nou la - we are ugly to the white settlers, but we are still here.

Nou La. Nou pap bay legen!

Lovinsky Pierre Antoine's work shall be taken up by a thousand other Haitians. No compassionate white settler (no matter how sincere, aware/unaware); no poverty-NGO-or-Western-governmental-pimps may ever supplant the noble life force of Haitians like Makandal, Boukman, Kapwa Lamò, Dessalines, Defile, Mari Jann, Toya, Charlemagne Peralte, Dred Wilmè... and all Haitians who rescue themselves, paid and are paying the ultimate price to rescue the dignity of the Africans in Haiti from the systemic brutality, tyranny and even "good intentions" of the white settlers.

One day, the new Rochambeaus shall bow and recognize.

But Haitians don't live for that day. No. In this season, like Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, we are disappeared, ostracized, kidnapped**, belittled or summarily executed as "bandits" and "gangsters" by the Western authorities and their black overseers for claiming our humanity, right to self-reliance, self-defense, self-determination, equitable economic distribution and freedom from Western definitions, development and "rescue". If the Vodun Lwa yo- irreducible human essences - could be disappeared, ostracized, kidnapped, belittled or summarily executed as bandits and gangsters, Dessalines' Haitians would, in this unendurably cruel season in time, have good cause to be worried.

Contradictions, paradoxes, dichotomies, the non-linear and serpentine path are our forte, don't immobilize most Haitians and give us an aneurysm as it seems to give the white settlers putting forward these facile, self-serving, un-nuanced ejaculations on Haiti and on the American narratives about the Westerners' shadow-less, un-biased and compassionate interactions with Black Haiti. Generally Haitians have always seen
how liberty, brotherhood, equality and democracy exist alongside or even in virtually the same space as slavery, genocide, exclusion, exploitation, intolerance and tyranny - notably Black enslavement, exploitation and disenfranchisement in the Americas. This is what Ezili's HLLN calls "Bourgeoisie Freedom." And, from Bwa Kayiman to now, Haitians have rejected this structure of human interaction, governance and communication. Haitians, as a people, struggle to transform this below, knowing no matter the misery, loss and suffering in time, that out of time, Nan Ginen, our safety lies - lives- wholly unformed by any storylines, (even our own), since before this "New World's" time began.

Handling the contradictions, issuing from source and traveling the serpentine path, that road less traveled, it is our own disinherited Ancestors, both literally and allegorically, own divinity, own gods and goddesses, brothers, sisters, our own umbilical chords to pre-colonial Africa and living Vodun deities - irreducible spirits and natural elements - that Haitians depend on for inspiration, comfort, rescue and salvation from the ravages of the U.S./Euros' "New World" and merciless narratives.

Haiti's founding father, General Jean Jacques (Janjak) Dessalines did what Spartacus couldn't and no real Haitian will ever be stripped of that knowledge.

Climbing misery's cliffs, is what Haitians are good at, and while this daily live-or-die struggle against white officialdom's inhumanity and hypocrysy -mouths speaking peace, hands conducting oppression and exploitation- uses all of a Haitian's skill and energy, it also, paradoxically renders Haitians more compassionate towards white fear of losing dominance even in tiny Haiti, restores our strength; our belief in ourselves as white officialdom's most fearless survivors and living opponents. Haitians in the outback like to say we invented resistance and that the tyrant can do a lot with a bayonet, except sit on it.

Ezili Dantò
Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
August 23, 2007 (Revised Sept. 2007)
*(New links added 2011 - I pay this price for you and US False Benevolence)
erzilidanto@yahoo.com
Djab la di l ap manje m, se pa vre
( from the Haitian spiritual: "Ogou oooo,
wa dèzanj, djab la di la manje mwen se pa vre. Se pa vre Timoun yo, se pa vre. Sa se blag Timoun yo, sa se jwet. Gen Bondye, geyen lè sen yo. Djab la di l ap manje nou, se pa vre.....")
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BWA KAYIMAN, 2008

BOUKMAN'S PRAYER

CEREMONY BWA KAYIMAN, PART 1


BEYOND 2004: CEREMONY BWA KAYIMAN, PART 2
by Ezili Dantò, (c) 2000 Ezili Dantò

**Kidnapped - “...…S'il s'agissait d’une disparution politique…La mort de Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine serait une declaration de guerre contre tous ceux qui luttent pour la democracie participative…......Le 29 Fevrier 2004, a ouvert la voix au kidnapping en Ayiti, comme en 1441 le Portugal avait ouvert - pour la premiere fois - le commerce de la traite des noires.” Commentaire de Franklin Ulysse, editorialiste : Ou est passe Lovinsky Pierre Antoine et qui est le serpent aux lunettes noires? |(mp3/ 6:29 - Emission Fanmi Lavalas, New York, Sept. 23, 2007)

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Text of President Robert Mugabe's speech at 62nd Session of UN General Assembly, Sept. 26, 2007

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Trip to Haiti changes students

Dean delayed return of Project Medishare participants
By Angeline Taylor, DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER | Tallahassee.com | Aug 23, 2007

They left Tallahassee for the poverty-stricken country of Haiti last week, intending to return to the United States on Sunday. They didn't. Instead, five Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University students got back late Tuesday afternoon after enduring days of canceled flights at Haiti's Port au Prince airport due to Hurricane Dean.

"They sent relief flights to other Caribbean countries. They wouldn't send any to Haiti due to so-called 'civil unrest,'" Shamair Coward, an FSU student, said about the airlines.

Even though Coward, Jorge Pedraza, Brent Miller, Merick Lewin and Mandi Ruscher didn't see any civil unrest in the country where they had been offering medical assistance, they were stranded. They had to find a more creative way to get home.

They left Haiti on what Rotaract President Pedraza called a two-propeller plane. But smoke emanating from the crop-duster prevented the group from making it to Santo Domingo where they were scheduled to then fly to Miami.

"I'm not going to worry until we nosedive," Pedraza told another concerned passenger.

He said everyone was happy to be alive when they safely landed in Haiti to fix the plane. They flew in the same plane and safely made their connection to Miami to get back home Tuesday.

"My mother was scared to death," Lewin said.

But, their experience changed them and each said they will return. Lewin, Coward and Ruscher said they couldn't adequately convey the level of poverty they witnessed.

"The vast majority of the people were just trying to get through the day," Lewin said. "You can never judge people by your perceptions or the reality of your life. Most people are exactly like you."

The Rotary-sponsored Rotaract Club went to Haiti as part of Project Medishare - a nonprofit organization serving Haiti's Central Plateau region with basic health-care needs. The trip was Rotaract Club's first service project. Haiti's mountains saved them from Hurricane Dean. "Thank God the hurricane didn't hit Haiti," Ruscher said.

She said she felt bad for areas that got hit. She didn't see how Haiti's village of Thomonde with its stick-like houses and no doors could weather a Category 5 hurricane.

"They didn't have anything but they were proud of what they have," Ruscher said.

Coward said the village was an eye-opener.

"In a world where there's so much advancement and technology, people are still just looking for food to eat," she said.

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9 dead, 25 injured in Haiti due to Hurricane Dean| Chinaview.cn | August 23, 2007

SANTO DOMINGO, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Hurricane Dean has now left 9 people dead, 25 injured and one missing in Haiti, Haitian authorities said on Wednesday.
The storm has also destroyed 1,167 homes, left 8,244 homeless and caused serious damage to the nation's agriculture, the authorities said.

The worst hit area in Haiti was Chardonieres in the south, where three people were killed, the biggest death toll in any single region.

Dean also killed six people in the Dominican Republic, two in Dominica, two in Jamaica and one in St. Lucia.

Dean reached the Mexican area of Tecolutla in the eastern state of Veracruz on Wednesday. It is expected to reach Mexico's Western Sierra Madre and cause rains in 20 of Mexico's 32 states. There were no reports of death in Mexico so far.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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The toll of Hurricane Dean reaches 9 deaths and one disappearance: a new tropical depression traverses the coasts of Haiti

Port-au-Prince, August 22, 2007 (AHP)- The toll left behind by Hurricane Dean has climbed to 9 dead, one disappearance and 25 people injured, according to the director of the National Office of Civil Protection, Dieufort Deslorges.

Mr. Deslorges said Wednesday that more than 4,000 families have been made victims by the disaster, with more than 1,000 homes destroyed and over 3,000 damaged in the South, Southeast, Grande-Anse, Nippes and West regions.

Some 40 schools have also been damaged in some of the Departments mentioned above, and plantings have been ravaged. More than 800 people have received emergency shelter, he said.

Dieufort Deslorges explained that he is awaiting the disbursement of funds promised by the government before intensifying assistance to the disaster victims.

The National Weather Center announced that a tropical depression is currently passing along Haiti's coasts.

The office of risk and disaster management urged the public to exercise caution and be on the alert.

AHP August 22, 2007 4:05 PM

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Lage Lovinsky - Free Lovinsky: An Action Alert from Site Soley's Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun
(meaning Foundation "Get Our Shoulders Together to Save the Children") direct from Site Soley, Haiti, August 24, 2004 | Ask for the Freedom of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, fast and fast

LAGE LOVINSKY - FREE LOVINSKY

Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun, a grass-roots human rights and community organization working to save the children in Site Soley, Haiti, wants Lovinsky Pierre Antoine to be set free.

Let's put our shoulders together for Lovinsky Pierre Antoine. Let's get the
ears of the authorities in Haiti. Ask them to obtain the release and freedom
of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine.

Call the authorities in Haiti, at (011):

D.D.O - (509) 555-53-06,

DCPJ - (509) 478-75-97,

BAC (509) 718-98-06 ,

UDMO (509) 404-80-26,

Minustha Spokesperson:(509) 478-62-99,

PNH DELMAS (509) 246-90-91, (509) 228-22-62, to ask for the freedom for
Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, fast and fast.


Thank you so much,

Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun
(The Foundation to Get Our Shoulders Together For the Children)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
August 24, 2007
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Direction Departementale De L'Ouest is "D.D.O"
Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire - ("DCPJ")
Police's Departmental Unit for the Maintenance of Order - ("UDMO")
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Di yo nou vle jwen Lovinsky VIVAN !

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Ezili Dantò's Note: Who benefits from silencing and eliminating Lovinsky Pierre Antoine? - HLLN continues its coverage and analysis of the abduction of Lovinksy Pierre Antoine in Haiti, by posting herein:

1. The Action Alert LAGE LOVINSKY! - FREE LOVINSKY, from Site Soley's Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun we received for dissemination to our international audience, from the tireless Haitian activist and journalist, Jeanristil Jean-Baptiste of Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun, direct from Site Soley,
Haiti;

2. The Action Alert on Lovinsky being disseminated by the wonderful folks at TASSC International - the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (go to http://www.tassc.org/ ); and,

3. A two-part interview with Lovinsky Pierre Antoine entitled "Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti" by Darren Ell dated February 18, 2007 and March 4, 2007.


Maximum respect and a heart-felt thank you Jeanristil Jean Baptise and everyone from Site Soley at Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun for trusting Ezili's HLL Network to duly disseminate this Action Alert and this very representative grass-roots concern from a respected and indefatigable voice and advocate of the Haitian masses and poor folks in the populous neighborhoods who NEVER get an international hearing. We urge all in our Network to listen to FondasyonKolezepol's call and act now. Thank you Jeanristil Jean-Baptise for the numbers to the relevant Haiti authorities dealing with Lovinsky's case whose ears we must have.

Maximum respect and a heart-felt thank you to TASSC International, especially the heroic torture survivor, Sister Dianna Ortiz and, TASSC International's entire membership for their expressed concern about Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and for answering HLLN's call for an international spotlight to be shined on his disappearance. HLLN would be grateful if more such organizations would follow sister Dianna's lead and post an alert to educate their members about the disappearance and abduction of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and other such HLLN issues and campaigns to set Haiti free from UN "peacekeepers". Lovinsky, before he was silenced was calling for sovereignty and justice in Haiti. Please consider contact Ezili's HLLN at
erzilidanto@yahoo.com to add our issues and campaigns to your justice and peace coalitions.

Ezili's HLLN also takes this opportunity to thank the Peninsula Chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom for their thoughful and kind e-mail of support, applauding HLLN's efforts and concern for Lovinsky and consistent concern and efforts to expose the reprehensible treatment Haitian civilians are receiving from U.N. "peacekeepers."

Last, but not least, HLLN would like to thank all those others in the HLL Network who are sending us copies of the letters, faxes and e-mails sent out to urge the authorities to use all resources to find Lovinsky alive, set him free.

Please keep writing folks. Be sure to also send copies to the major medias and your local media outlet.

Who benefits from silencing and eliminating Lovinsky Pierre Antoine?


The Darren Ell interviews with Lovinsky Pierre Antoine gives a clear idea of who would benefit if this powerful Haitian voice for Haitian sovereignty and justice was to be abducted and thus SILENCED one way or the other, as was done with President Jean Bertrand Aristide and as is done everyday to the Haitian masses, by the international mainstream/coup d'etat medias who have virtually remained silent on the missing Lovinsky Pierre Antoine and customarily only spin the facts on Haiti to fit the American narrative - generally promoting the racist and anti-democratic views and positions of the tiny Haitian economic elites and Bush Neocons, wrapping it up with their institutional credibility and "journalistic" credential to sell to their unwary readers as Haiti's national view and story. (See, LA Times on a Haitian Army - An example of how LA Times spin the truth, manipulates information, promotes the views of the Haitian elites and selling to their unwary readers as the "Haiti's view"
http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/sitesoley.html#hubris ).


In the first interview below, Lovinsky Pierre Antoine recounts how Luis Moreno from the US Embassy attempted to set him up to be murdered at the airport by the bloody Guy Phillip paramilitaries and former army officials during the course of the US-sponsored 2004 coup d'etat/civil unrest against the Haitian people.

This is the same Luis Moreno from the US Embassy who, with American Special Forces, corralled President Aristide into a plane to the Central African Republic, like he and Haiti's first lady where simply still cargo of European-chattel-slave-times. The same Luis Moreno of the American embassy, who walked into President Aristide's home on February 29, 2004 and told the president, “I was here when you came back in ’94, and I’m here tonight to tell you it’s time for you to leave.” (See, Randall Robinson on "An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President" | Monday, July 23rd, 2007 | Democracy Now! http://www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/randall.html ).

In the second interview, Lovinsky outlines the role of the US in Haitian history, how the trauma of their interventions continue to keep Haiti in grief and poverty.

"...The US government must stay out of our affairs and let us run our country. Each time they organize a coup d'état in Haiti - we have already 35 or 36 coups d'état in our history - we have to start over. This US policy of wanting to control everything in Haiti is blocking development as well as political, social or sociopolitical progress..." Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti by Darren Ell, March 4, 2007
http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/3_4_7/3_4_7.html

Lovinsky explains how the 2004 US brutal intervention continues under Preval's government and addresses the issue of a "parallel force" - that is, the return of the US Haitian army - being pushed onto Haiti by the internationals through their coup d'etat contingents still in office, counseling if that happens Haiti will continue to have coup d'etats and civil unrests.

These interviews, given by Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, barely five months beforehis August 12, 2007 disappearance, tells his story - the story of his foundation, Fondasyon Trant Septanm and explains the situation in Haiti as no mainstream media ever will. ( See, Letters To LA Times about "Haiti Debates Homegrown Army";
It's Neither Hope nor Progress When the International Community is Running Haiti; Media Lies and Real Haiti News).

Lovinsky tells how Haiti's heroes, during the first US occupation of Haiti from 1915-1934, like "Charlemagne Péralte was betrayed just as today our Haitian intellectuals are betraying the people by collaborating with the (UN) occupiers. Charlemagne Péralte was betrayed. He was arrested by the US marines, killed and place on a door, his body exposed to the entire population.

"In the poor neighborhoods of Port au Prince and in other regions of the country, it's the same thing. The current occupiers, the troops of MINUSTAH, are doing the same thing to the poor. We could take the example of Dred Wilme. We can take the example of Dred Mackenzie. These were community leaders in these neighborhoods. Today in the poor neighborhoods of Cité Soleil the occupation forces continue to massacre the poor. They dangle the specter of insecurity or kidnapping in order to conduct deadly aggressions in these neighborhoods. And the entire population is taken hostage and targeted. People are killed every day in Cite Soleil in the same way Charlemagne Péralte was killed."

Examine also, Lovinsky's statement issued about the first visit to Haiti of UN Secretary General, Bann Ki-Moon and Lovinsky's statement about the current occupation of Haiti, on July 28, the date marking the 92nd anniversary of the first US-brought holocaust-through-occupation of Haiti for 19 years:
The July 28, 2007 declaration of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine's Fondasyon Trant Septanm (in Kreyol and Lovinsky Pierre Antoine on the Visit of Ban Ki Moun to Haiti (in French), dated July 31, 2007

Di yo nou vle jwen Lovinsky VIVAN! - We want Lovinsky to be set FREE
immediately.

If the very poor and resourceless Site Soley grass-roots organization, "Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun" could find a computer in Haiti, scrounge up enough pennies to pay the internet fees to write an Action Alert, including in it information about the appropriate Haiti authorities to ask the international community to contact, when their membership is under the guns of foreign occupation, when they are jobless and can hardly find food to eat, there is NO EXCUSE for those of us who are freer, not malnourished, have more resources to not stand against torture and for human rights, to not answer this desperate Haitian call for help from a representative of Haiti's masses. Make a call, write a letter, e-mail, fax the authorities, ask that Lovinsky be set FREE.

Thank you folks, in advance, for writing, e-mailing and calling the Haiti authorities listed on Fondasyon Kolezepol's Action Alert, TASSC International's Action Alert. Please continue to support HLLN's
Urgent Action Alert by issuing your organization's own Action Alert demanding that Lovinsky be set free as exemplified by Fondasyon Kolezepol Pou Sove Ti Moun and TASSC International. Send a copy, so we may share it with the entire HLL Network.

See
HLLN's Urgent Action Alert: Tell whoever has taken Lovinsky Pierre Antoine that an international audience deeply concerned about the fate of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is witnessing their actions. Help raise the international concern and visibility of this human rights violation case. Help save the life of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, stop his torture, prevent his execution."

Marguerite "Ezili Dantò" Laurent, Esq.

Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network ("HLLN")
August 25, 2007

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TASSC International - Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition

Action Alert: Haitian Human Rights Activist Abducted

| http://www.tassc.org/




The Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN) has reason to fear for the
safety of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a Haitian human rights activist and the head of Fondasyon Trant Septanm, missing since August 12, 2007 after meeting with a U.S. delegation that was visiting Haiti. Pierre-Antoine is in imminent danger of human rights abuse.

According to an August 15, 2007 Associated Press report, police and supporters say Pierre-Antoine may have been kidnapped. Pierre-Antoine has received numerous death threats from the coup d'etat foreign intervention death squads, paramilitaries and their civil arm factions in Haiti throughout the years from 1991 to the present. His organization keeps visible the grievances of the tens of thousands of Haitian victims of the 1991 and 2004 coup d'etat and has held regular presence every Wednesday at the Place des Martyrs au Champ de Mars in front of the National Palace.

To prevent Haiti from losing one more Haitian human rights activist to
senseless political violence and repression, HLLN is urging that letters be
written to the United Nations authorities and the Haitian Police. Copies of
the letters should be sent to major media outlets demanding that U.N and
Haitian authorities take all necessary action and send a powerful signal to
Pierre-Antoine's kidnappers that the international community is deeply
concerned about his fate.

PLEASE ACT

I. CALL AND WRITE Your REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS

Ask them to write and call the office of:

Thomas Shannon
- Bureau of the Western Hemisphere
US Department of State

- Congressional Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

II. CALL AND WRITE

United Nations
Tel. (212) 963-4879
Email: presidentga58@un.org

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

Hon. Bann Ki-moun, Secretary-General
United Nations
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Email: inquiries@un.org
Press office: (509) 510-2563 ext. 6343

United States Embassy
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Telephones: 011-509-223-4711, or 222-0200 or 0354
Fax: 011-509-223-1641 or 903

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Source: http://www.prisonradio.org/MumiaHaitiHistory.htm
Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts
Higher Quality Audio files available info@prisonradio.org
Copyright 2007 Mumia Abu-Jamal/Prison Radio
The Power of History: Haiti
recorded 8/19/07

1) 2:55 Radio Essay - short MP3
2) 3:34 Radio Essay - long MP3


The Power of History: (Haiti)
[col. writ. 8/19/07] (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Recently, while speaking with a younger journalist, I made mention of several points of Haitian history, and the writer looked at me blankly.

Although he was well-read, and had even traveled to Haiti, he hadn't the faintest idea of many of the historical facts to which I made reference.
He simply had never read nor heard of them.

As a student of history, I recommended he read the work of the late radical scholar-activist, C.L.R. James on Haiti: The Black Jacobins: Toussaint Louverture and the San Domingo Revolution, originally published in 1938. He knew of the book, but he never read it.

C.L.R. James was a man of remarkable brilliance, and a man who wore many hats and mastered many skills. His book, The Black Jacobins, is regarded as a masterwork of history, with perhaps the best telling of the story of the Haitian Revolution (at least in English).

James, a revolutionary organizer as well as an accomplished scholar, probed deeply into the forces that led to revolution, both in Haiti and in France.
One such factor was the relentless brutality of French slavery in Haiti, where sugar factories exploited black labor so totally that the life span of a captive worker there was 7 years. 7 years. To replenish this slave labor force, more and more Africans were captured from West Africa's coast, to work the sugar factories of Haiti.

Black suffering and death meant white profits and sweets.

James cites an axiom commonly used in France at the time of the French Revolution: "The Ivory Coast is a good mother."

What that meant was slavery and brutality was good for business!
Were it not for the immense wealth extracted from African slavery in Haiti, James explains, the French Revolution would never have happened. Quoting the French historian Jaures, James teaches us that "The slave-trade and slavery were the economic basis of the French Revolution."

"Sad irony of history," comments Jaures. "The fortunes created at Bordeaux, at Nantes, by the slave-trade, gave to this bourgeoisie that pride which needed liberty and contributed to human emancipation." Nantes was the centre of the slave-trade. As early as 1666, 108 ships went to the coast of Guinea and took on board 37,430 slaves, to a total value of more than 37 million, giving the Nantes bourgeoisie 15 to 20 per cent of their money. [p.35]

Haiti also had other impacts on the world.

Its Revolution spelled the end for Napoleon's dream of a Franco-American empire. Shortly after the Revolution cut off profits to France, Napoleon communicated to Thomas Jefferson his willingness to sell Louisiana to the US for several million bucks, Jefferson leaped at the offer, and by the alleged sale (so-called because Napoleon sold land that belonged to Indians, not France), the United States doubled its size overnight.

History is important; it teaches us why things are the way they are.

It teaches not only about yesterday, but about today.


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Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti : An exclusive Haiti Information Project interview with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine by Darren Ell
This is the first of a two-part interview, February 18, 2007
http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/2_18_7/2_18_7.html

Sovereignty and Justice in Haiti by Darren Ell
Part two of a two-part interview| Haiti Information Project | March 4, 2007
http://www.haitiaction.net/News/HIP/3_4_7/3_4_7.html


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End the Media Silence on Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine's Kidnapping
The Dominion, Canada, Sept. 19, 2007

It has been over a month since the kidnapping of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. Roger Annis, a member of the Canada Haiti Action Network and one of the last people to have seen Antoine in Port-au-Prince, recently wrote this statement on the international media's silence related to his kidnapping.

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A call to lift the silence surrounding Lovinsky Pierre Antoine’s disappearance in Haiti
By Roger Annis, Sept. 14, 2007

On August 12, one of Haiti’s best-known and respected advocates of human and social rights, Lovinsky Pierre Antoine, disappeared. Police later confirmed that he was kidnapped.

Everyone of fair mind who has followed this tragic turn of events is wishing for a safe and speedy release of Lovinsky. We hesitate to speak out on the case for fear of upsetting whatever delicate communications may be taking place toward this end.

But his disappearance may not be a criminal kidnapping. It may be that some among the Haitian elite and its foreign backers have decided to silence Lovinsky. If true, the implications for democracy and political rights in Haiti are very disturbing.

It is important that a vigorous, public debate on Lovinsky’s fate take place. His disappearance has received little media attention in Canada, and this must change. A fine article has appeared in the current issue of the Montreal weekly Hour; more are needed. His supporters in Haiti are holding rallies and press conferences in order to pressure authorities to conduct a full investigation and win his safe release, and rallies have taken place in Montreal and San Francisco. Here too, more are needed.

Lovinsky was working as an adviser to an August 5 to 18 human rights investigative delegation to Haiti when he was kidnapped. I was a member of that delegation. He disappeared at the end of a day of activity of our delegation. On August 15, I and another Canadian member of the delegation visited the Canadian embassy to urge Canadian ambassador Claude Boucher to make a public statement of concern about Lovinsky’s disappearance. That request was refused by the embassy, and it has made no such statement to date. This is unacceptable.

As our delegation observed, Haiti is living through an unprecedented economic and social calamity. Everything is in decline. Basic human and social rights such as jobs, clean water, health care and education, and reliable electrical service are unavailable to most Haitians. Garbage and sewage disposal is a luxury that only a small minority enjoy.

It has been three and a half years since a right-wing rebellion and foreign military intervention shattered Haiti’s democracy and its social and civil infrastructure. The country has not recovered from the two-year regime of human rights violations that followed the overthrow of the country’s president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, and other elected institutions on February 29, 2004.

The presidential election of February 2006 opened political space for the people to recoup and reorganize. But that space may now be fast closing. None of the country’s pressing social and economic needs are being tackled, the horrendous conditions in the prisons remains largely unchanged, and the new government has embarked upon an ambitious program of privatisation and layoff of workers in the remaining public institutions.

It is clear from our travels throughout Haiti that the people there will not take this situation lying down. There is a growing clamour in the country for a sharp shift in government and occupation policy, away from a regime of foreign police and military occupation, and toward a regime of road building, economic investment, and creation of social programs.

Lovinsky Pierre Antoine is a vital and important voice in the growing movement of the Haitian people for change. His September 30 Foundation is waging a fight to win the release of the hundreds of political prisoners and several thousand common prisoners who languish in Haiti’s prisons, most in violation of the country’s constitution and legal code. The Foundation issued a stark public challenge to the United Nations authority in July at the time of the first visit to Haiti of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: help us build a country of prosperity, or get out.

Lovinsky was part of the widely-publicized and successful effort of our delegation to win the release of two illegally-detained prisoners in the city Port de Paix on August 7, including a 13-year old girl who had served one month of a two-month sentence delivered by a judge. I am told that he was considering running as a candidate in the senatorial election to take place in November.

We hope that journalists, editorial writers, Members of Parliament and anyone else interested in making the world a better place will read this statement and act on it. Let’s open up the country’s newspapers and airwaves to reports on the situation in Haiti and to critical examination of Canada’s role there.

Let’s end the silence surrounding the disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre Antoine.

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Roger Annis traveled throughout Haiti from August 5 to 18 on an investigative human rights delegation. His reports can be read at www.thac.ca/blog/9. He is a member of Haiti Solidarity BC, in Vancouver, and the Canada-Haiti Action Network. He can be contacted at rogerannis@hotmail.com.

To contact the Foreign Affairs department of the Government of Canada and express your concern about Lovinsky’s disappearance, phone 1-800-267-8376. You can send an e-mail message to the International Education Division of Foreign Affairs. You can also contact the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), tel: 011-509-244-0650/066, fax: 011-509-244-9366/67; or fax the office of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York: 212-963-4879.

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