Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

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Lovinsky_Pierre-AntoineLovinsky Pierre-Antoine is a Haitian human rights and political activist and former head of the September 30th Foundation, an advocacy group founded to assist victims of the 1991 coup that removed Haiti’s first elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from office. The foundation worked to win the release of hundreds of political prisoners, including some detained during the 2004-06 “interim government”. Lovinsky was abducted after a meeting in Delmas with American and Canadian human rights investigators on August 12, 2007. Because his whereabouts were known, some believed that someone associated with Lovinsky betrayed him. At the time of his disappearance, he was working as an adviser to their delegation in Haiti. Days before his abduction, he had announced his intention to run for the office of Senator as a candidate of the Fanmi Lavalas party. On August 14, 2007, his family was contacted and a ransom of $300,000 USD was demanded, but there was no further contact from his abductors. His disappearance was taken up by Amnesty International.[1][2][3][4][5]