Three Years Later, We Still Don’t Know: Where is Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine?
|Thursday, 12 August 2010 15:36|
International pleas from human rights groups, U.S. members of Congress, and individuals around the world called for the Haitian government and police to make finding Lovinsky a priority. Yet three years later, it is unclear that any serious effort has ever been made to find Lovinsky or discover what happened to him.
In the aftermath of the 2004 coup against Aristide, Haitian police and death squads moved to round up or eliminate Fanmi Lavalas leaders and Aristide supporters around the country. Lovinsky left Haiti and would spend the next two-and-a-half years in the Washington, D.C. area. While in D.C., he never ceased to speak out against the undemocratic removal of Haiti’s democratically elected government, or the rampant human rights violations that followed. When he decided to return to Haiti in 2006, he did so knowing well that his life would still be in danger, but this didn’t deter him from organizing protests and denouncing the ongoing persecution of Fanmi Lavalas members and the forced exile of President Aristide.
As the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti wrote in October 2007:
Mr. Pierre-Antoine is a prominent critic of outside interference in Haitian affairs, and of economic policies that fail to afford the average Haitian the minimum essentials necessary for a dignified existence. He is perhaps Haiti’s leading proponent of a constitutional amendment to bar the return of Haiti’s armed forces.Lovinsky is one of thousands that could today be helping Haiti reemerge from the rubble it still finds itself in, seven months after the earthquake, were he allowed the chance.