December 18, 2007
Amnesty International Urgent Action: Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine and Wilson Mesilien
URGENT ACTION APPEAL
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18 December 2007
UA 336/07 � �Fear for safety / Possible �disappearance�
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.
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.
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
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Salutation: Monsieur le Ministre/Dear Minister
General Director of the Haiti National Police
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
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
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Six months ago, Father Gerard Jean-Juste, a Haitian priest, human rights advocate, and political activist, was imprisoned on politically motivated grounds. He remains jailed to this day even though he has not been convicted of any crime.
Last night, Dr. Jennifer Furin of Harvard Medical School and Haitian physician Dr. Jacques Boncy confirmed that Father Jean-Juste has leukemia.
Father Jean-Juste needs your help now more than ever. Experts have commented that if Father Jean-Juste contracts an infection it could be life-threatening and that the chances of infection are high in prison.
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