Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Fear for safety: Human Rights Activists Wilson Mesilien, Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, Amnesty International

Further Information on UA 336/07 (18 December 2007) � Fear for safety


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

A man went to the Mesilien family home on 19 December
pretending to be a journalist seeking to confirm a report
that Wilson Mesilien had been kidnapped. Fearing for their
lives, Wilson Mesilien, his wife and four children went into
hiding. Their lives are in grave danger.

Wilson Mesilien told Amnesty International that the Haitian
authorities have completely ignored Amnesty International�s
repeated requests to provide him with protection. He has
been running the Fondasyon Trant Septanm since 12 August,
when the human rights organization�s coordinator, Lovinsky
Pierre-Antoine, was kidnapped.

Days before he was kidnapped, Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine had
announced his intention to run for election as a senator for
the Fanmi Lavalas party. He is feared to have been abducted
by people connected with the army disbanded by President
Aristide in 1995 because he was publicizing human rights
violations committed during the 1991-1994 military
government and gathering signatures on a petition calling
for a change to the Constitution that would eliminate all
provisions for the existence of a Haitian army. Lovinsky
Pierre-Antoine�s whereabouts are still unknown.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly
as possible:
– urging the authorities to ensure Wilson Mesilien is
protected in accordance with his wishes;
– calling on them to redouble their efforts to find Lovinsky
– calling on them to order a full, prompt and impartial
investigation into the abduction of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
and the threats received by Wilson Mesilien, publish the
results and bring those responsible to justice;
– reminding the authorities that the UN Declaration on the
Right 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.

Monsieur Rene Garcia Preval
President de la Republique d�Haiti,
Palais National, Champ de Mars,
Port-au-Prince, HAITI (W.I.)
Fax: 011 509 228 2772
Salutation: Monsieur le President/Dear President Preval

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
(erratic; 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

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

Check with the AIUSA Urgent Action office if sending appeals after 20 February 2007.

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