The day I arrived in Haiti – 13th August was the day after Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine disappeared. His car was found abandonded on the road side and he has not been seen since. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine is a member of the Lavalas Part and the head of Fondayson Tran Septanm (September 30th Foundation), a human right organisation that supports and advocates for victims of the 1991 and 2004 coups against Jean-Bentrand Aristide. 7 weeks later the whereabouts of Lovinsky are still unknown.
Members of the Lavalas movement and human rights activists believe he has been kidnapped and that the kidnapping is a political act by Haitian elites and their foreign supporters, to silence Lovinsky who was highly vocal about the continued presence of UN forces of occupation in Haiti and human rights abuses.
Last weekend the people of Haiti prepared for the annual September 30th March to remember the 1991 coup but it was Lovinsky who was the main focus of the March.
One of Lovinskys’s area’s of work was the campaign to end “multilateral debt, which will divert $57 million this year from Haiti’s elected government to wealthy banks that were established to fight poverty”. In support of cancelling Haiti’s debt a monthly series of “Half hours for Haiti” have been organised to focus on the campaign
This week is Haiti Week for the Cancel Debt Fast. On Thursday, Jubilee USA, Partners in Health, TransAfrica Forum, the Center for Economic and Policy Research , Haiti Reborn, and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti are sponsoring a Congressional briefing on H. Res. 241, the Haiti Debt Cancellation Resolution, with the help of Rep. Maxine Waters (Thursday 10/4, 3:30 PM, Rayburn 2105). The panelists will explain the impact of the diversion of resources to pay Haiti’s debt, to the healthcare system and the overall economy. They will also explain why it is important to pass H.Res. 241, as well as the Jubilee Act: the Haiti Debt Relief Act was introduced earlier and is further along in obtaining co-sponsors. Haiti also deserves special treatment because it lags behind other countries, because it was excluded from earlier debt relief efforts for political reasons.
Many of us fasted on September 6, (see Boston Globe article) and will fast again on Thursday. If you would like to join the fast, click here. But fasting and educating members of Congress and their staff about Haiti’s debt is only half the work of getting H.Res. 241 passed. The other half is you telling your Representatives that you care about Haiti’s debt, and that they should make debt cancellation a priority. For more information about Haiti debt cancellation and H.Res. 241, see our Haiti Debt Relief Resource Packet
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