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Amnesty International Urgent Action: Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine and Wilson Mesilien

URGENT ACTION APPEAL
– From Amnesty International USA

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18 December 2007

UA 336/07 � �Fear for safety / Possible �disappearance�

HAITI
Wilson Mesilien (m), aged 39, human rights activist, interim coordinator of the Fondasyon Trant Septanm (30 September Foundation),
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine (m), aged 54, political and human rights activist, former coordinator of the Fondasyon Trant Septanm

The life of Wilson Mesilien, the interim coordinator of
Fondasyon Trant Septanm (30 September Foundation), may be at
risk due to his continued work in defending the rights of
the victims of the 1991-1994 military coup. Amnesty
International is even more concerned for his safety as the
former coordinator of the Fondasyon, Lovinsky Pierre-
Antoine, was kidnapped on 12 August and his whereabouts are
still unknown.

Over the last few weeks, Wilson Mesilien has been receiving
threatening telephone calls. Early in the afternoon of 26
November, two unknown individuals tried to intercept him as
he rode his motorcycle in Boul. des Industries, North of
Port-au-Prince. Wilson Mesilien was on his way home after
attending an appeal court hearing for Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste,
a former prisoner of conscience who is still facing criminal
charges.

Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine has not been seen since 12 August,
after he had left the company of a delegation of human
rights activists visiting Haiti. The car he was driving was
found abandoned near the neighborhood Delmas 18. Days before
his abduction, Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine had announced his
intention to stand as Senator in the elections initially
scheduled for December 2007 under the banner of the Fanmi
Lavalas Party. There are fears that he may have been
abducted by people connected with the former military
because of his continued activism in denouncing past human
rights violations during the 1991-1994 military government
and in gathering signatures to amend the Constitution in
order to eliminate all provisions for the existence of a
Haitian army.

Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine� abduction was reportedly made to
look like a kidnapping for ransom. His family were contacted
by his alleged abductors on 14 August and asked to pay a
ransom of US$ 300,000 for his release. However there has
been no further contact from the abductors.

Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine is a psychologist and has been
involved for several years as a grass-roots community
organizer, mainly working with children. During the last
presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, he was appointed
General Coordinator of the National Office on Migration. He
left Haiti into exile during the transitional government and
returned in February 2006.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Wilson Mesilien is one of the founding members of Fondasyon
Trant Septanm along with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. The
Fondasyon was named after the date of the military coup, 30
September 1991 during which President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
was ousted. At least 3,000 persons were killed during the
military regime between 1991 -1994. Ever since its creation
in 1996, the Fondasyon members carry out weekly marches in
central Port-au-Prince and several other Haitian towns to
press for an end to impunity for past abuses and reparation
for victims of the 1991-1994 military coup and for the
victims of the transitional government of 2004-2006. The
Fondasyon also campaigns for the total abolition of the
Haitian army through a reform of the Constitution by
gathering signatures during a tour of a photo-exhibition of
victims of past human rights abuses.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly
as possible:

– expressing concern for the safety of Wilson Mesilien and
of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine who has not been seen since 12
August;
– urging the authorities to double their efforts to locate
Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine;
– calling for the authorities to ensure Wilson Mesilien�s
protection in accordance with his wishes;
– calling for a full, prompt and impartial investigation
into the �disappearance� of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine and
the threats received by Wilson Mesilien, to make the result
public and to bring those responsible to justice;
– reminding the authorities that the UN Declaration on the
Rights and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs
of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms recognizes the
legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders and
their right to carry out their activities without any
restrictions or fear of reprisals.

APPEALS TO:

Minister of Justice and Public Security

Monsieur Rene Magloire
Ministre de la Justice et de la Securite Publique,
19 Avenue Charles Sumner,
Port-au-Prince, HAITI (W.I.)
Fax: 011 509 245 0474
the fax may not be in service at all times, but please keep trying.)
Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre/Dear Minister

General Director of the Haiti National Police

Mario Andresol
Directeur General de la Police Nationale d�Haiti
Grand Quartier General de la Police
12 rue Oscar Pacot,
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (W.I.)
Fax: 011 509 245 7374
Salutation: Monsieur le Directeur General/Dear Mr
Andresol

COPIES TO:

Human rights organization

c/o Fondasyon Trant Septanm
No. 3, 2eme impasse Lavaud , Boite Postale 19042
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (W.I.)

Ambassador H.E. Raymond A. Joseph
Embassy of the Republic of Haiti
2311 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 745 7215
Email: embassy@haiti.org

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the AIUSA Urgent
Action office if sending appeals after 29 January 2008.

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