Message From President Jean Bertrand Aristide on the Anniversary of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine's Abduction
Justice and peace spring from our inherent dignity and inalienable rights. Asstipulated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: All humanbeing are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed withreason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit ofbrotherhood.
Today, this spirit of brotherhood prevents us from remaining silent. Yes, itis already one year since the disappearance of our brother LovinskyPierre-Antoine. On this sad anniversary, as we call for his safe return, wedefend our inherent dignity and inalienable rights. Lovinsky’s absencecertainly increases great passions, such as the passion for justice and peace.
Indeed on this sad anniversary all of us who share in a commitment tonon-violent struggle for justice and peace once again proclaim that the humanrights of all must be protected by the rule of law. Authorities in Haiti mustaddress this tragic kidnapping for a safe return of our mission brother.
May the spirit of this brotherhood revitalize and strengthen Lovinsky’sfamily as well as all innocent victims who have suffered since the February 29,2004 kidnapping.
Dr. Jean-Bertrand AristidePretoria, South Africa
August 12, 2008
Open letter to Haitian authorities, on the occasion of the first Anniversary disappearance of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen Officials:
A year ago to date, on August 12, 2007, my husband, LovinskyPierre-Antoine, returning from an out-of-city stay, hurryingly left his placeof residence to go to an appointment scheduled by phone by individuals wholikely meant to entrap him. It was the last time, up to now while I am writingto you, that he was seen by the members of his family.
It was also the beginning of a crescendo agony for his Loved Ones as well asfor his friends and allies.
August 12, 2007-August 12, 2008.
Twelve long months have gone by since this disappearance wasreported to all concerned constituencies of the country: Presidency, Ministryof Economy, Parliament, Ministry of Justice, National Police of Haiti, UN, OEA,etc.
To this day, the Pierre-Antoine family has noted with disappointment – but without surprise-- the apparent lack -- short of saying the total absence – of results following actions and investigations with which the authoritiesshould proceed.Today, my stance is the one of a traumatized spouse, of a shockedand powerless head of household mother, who remains helplessly silent whenfacing the questions that the two sons of Lovinsky ask on a daily basis aboutwhat actually happened to their beloved father.
No information was given on the progress of the investigation and I come to thepoint of wondering if there really is a genuine intent to reach concrete andofficial conclusions.
A year after this event, the Haitian authorities, as well as the publicopinion seem to have forgotten this citizen whose disappearance, as humanbeing, should mobilize our minds. The worst is the mental, mortal agonyendured by the members of his family; it is also the outrage generated by theperversity of his abductors and the flagrant indifference of his closestassistants.
There is no doubt that such an active and vibrant citizen as Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine does not disappear, does not evaporate in thin air withoutleaving any trace. In fact, the traces and indicators, left during and afterhis abduction were not judiciously followed or explored enough in order toreach concrete results.
I want proof of the fingerprints found in the vehicle used by Lovinsky, thesensational and revealing declarations made to the press by an influentialmember of the political party of which Lovinsky is a member.
Personally, I had, in a not so distant past, related to the policethat, in a spur of hope, I had dialed Lovinsky's cell phone number, and I wasappalled to talk with a correspondent who calmly answered, without seemingconcerned that he held in his hand a personal object that belonged to amysteriously disappeared person, which should bear weight of proof, would justice prevail in this country.
When thinking about the disappearance of Lovinsky, the members of his familyand myself come to the conviction that if his physical body escapes our view,he remains alive in our hearts and souls, as a remarkable husband, a fatherconcerned about the education and future of his children and a wise mentor forhis entourage.
Of course, one may not adhere to his ideological convictions and politicalpractices, but one cannot fail to admire his activism, his seriousness, hisrespect for Words of Honor, his team spirit and especially his love for Haiti.We are lacking words and images to describe Lovinky's incomparable andmagnificent qualities. We keep the very best memories of him in our hearts.
Embracing the shoulders of my two sons who mourn the disappearance oftheir beloved dad and await his probable return, I have not other choice thanto rely on the conscience of all concerned authorities to shed light around hisdisappearance.
In fact, it is time to break down this atmosphere of suspense and of uncertainty; it is about time to break the silence observed around thismatter, a silence converted into a tacit plot, woven to maintain secrecy on theintellectual authors of this hateful act.
Once again, I appeal to the conscience of each and everyone of you to let thetruth emerge and put an end to this unspeakable tragedy, for Lovinsky as wellas for the members of his family. I also appeal to the conscience of themembers of the new government, so that they may re-launch the file of Lovinskyand let the truth shine.
In conclusion, I join my boys to express my gratitude and my thanks to the truefriends and supporters of Lovinsky, to all those who offered their moralsupport, to all those who made incommensurable sacrifices to express theirdisapproval of this act, on the streets of various cities of Haiti, UnitedStates and other countries, as well as in front of various Haitian diplomaticoutlets abroad, to all those who wrote articles on this matter through audio,written, televised media and through the Internet and at last, to all those who, in a way or another, showed their empathy around this sad and painful circumstance.
May they rest assured that beyond all abominations, the family of LovinskyPierre-Antoine remains stronger than ever.
Sustained by Hope!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Wife of Lovinsky