Over 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade,
Every year on 25 March, on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery, we get opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were victims of this tragic practice. August 23 of each year, has been designated by UNESCO to memorialize the 'transatlantic slave trade' which took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 15th through 19th centuries. It is also is the day of observance for International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. August 23 is also a memorable day on Haitian calendar, because during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which later became a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
Here is a picture of Me Camille Junior Edouard, the new Minister of Justice and Public Security.
On the evening of March 24, 2016, to receive his vote of confidence on his general policy in the Senate, the new Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles released a list of his cabinet members, 24 hours before its publication in the official newspaper "Le Moniteur". The new cabinet is composed of 18 ministries, which would be managed by 15 ministers who have sworn in as part of the country's interim government. The 15-member cabinet proposed by Enex Jean-Charles was approved in both the senate and the lower chamber. Some of the important inclusions in the list are: Yves Romain Bastien, Minister of Economy and Finance; Guy Didier Hyppolite installed as Minister of Tourism and Creative Industry; and Me Camille Junior Edouard as the New Minister of Justice and Public Security.
During the installation of Me Camille Junior Edouard as the new Minister of Justice and Public Security, the new Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles revealed that new minister Camille Junior was one of his most brilliant former students at the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of the UEH. The Prime Minister is confident that the talent of the new Minister of Justice would contribute immensely towards the benefit of the nation.
Camille Junior Edouard the New Minister of Justice and Public Security
On Monday, March 28, 2016, Guy Didier Hyppolite was installed as the Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries, replacing the outgoing Minister Stéphanie Villedrouin. Earlier to this appointment, Hyppolite was the Vice President of the Tourism Association of Haiti (ATH). As a new minister, he has said, under his leadership, the country will engage itself to regain its share of the tourism market. During his speech for the occasion, he praised the role played by his predecessor Ms. Stéphanie Villedrouin, because she managed the almost impossible challenge to put Haiti on the world tourist map. His Ministry would continue to promote the exquisiteness of Haiti as the ultimate tourist destination and create a solid infrastructure essential for sustainable development of this prime economic sector and assist operators and partners to grow. The Tourism Minister thanked the Interim President of the Republic, Jocelerme Privert and the Prime Minister, Mr. Enex Jean-Charles for bestowing their confidence on him.
Here is a picture of the New Court of Cassation In Haiti during its construction.
On June 3, 2015, Yves Germain Joseph, Minister of Planning and External Cooperation accompanied by Rothchild François Jr., the Minister of Communication and Pierre André Richard, Supervisor of construction sites at the Construction Unit of Housing and Public Buildings (UCLBP), visited the construction site of the building of 'Court of Cassation' which is expected to be completed within August 15, 2015. The building is under construction since July 2013, and upon construction, it will have the ability to withstand the threats of earthquake up to the magnitude of 9 on the Richter scale. The project of $16.3 million is funded by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the construction work is carried on by Taiwanese Oversease Company Engineering Construction with supports of Unité de Construction de Logements et de Bâtiments Publics (UCLBP) and Haitian technicians. The new 3 storied building will cover an area of 4,262 square meters with a parking space for 24 vehicles. The Court of Cassation will have two courtrooms of about 195 square meters each and a conference room of 63 square meters.
Here is a picture of Me Jules Cantave, President of the Court of Cassation and of CSPJ
Martelly Swears in Me Cantave as Court of Cassation President
President Martelly presided over the installation of the Me Cantave, the new Court of Cassation President and Judiciary Superior Council. Cantave promised to enforce laws on the books for ". . . a sound and impartial distribution of justice . . ." Cantave is replacing the unpopular Me Joseph.
Martelly also attended the 5th promotion of EMA graduates, reminding them they ". . . must fight the good fight . . . for a neutral, impartial justice . . ."
Here is a pictured of the Draft revision of the Haitian Penal Code as President Michel Martelly is holding it.
The National Palace was the scene of the presentation of a new draft of the penal code that has not undergone significant changes in 180 years. President Me Exume of the Presidential Commission for the Reform of Justice did the major work on it.
President Martelly received the draft in the presence of Prime Minister Paul as well as other government officials. Martelly emphasized the historic, sociological, and political significance of the modernized penal code. The new Parliament in 2016 will officially adopt it.
Here is a picture of Minister of Justice in Haiti, Mr. Pierre-Richard Casimir and forty judges making 5th promotion of EMA
Recently on 6th February, the Minister of Justice and Public Security (MSPJ) Pierre-Richard Casimir in the presence of other important government officials at a meeting with the graduates of the 5th class of the School of Magistrates (EMA), has announced the names of the forty graduate magistrates as new judges qualified for the appointment. The minister explained the responsibilities of their coveted posts and informed that their appointment will begin March 1, 2015 onwards. The forty graduate magistrates who received the promotion orders as judges on this occasion would receive certificates containing favorable comments on merits from the superiors. Earlier, before President Martelly came to the power, there were only 20 numbers of judges who could qualify from EMA for appointment. President Martelly raised the number to 40.
Here is a picture of the new members of the CSPJ. Ms. Anel Alexis Joseph, president of CSPJ. many demand his resignation as head of CSPJ, Mr. Anel Alexis
After the recommendation of the presidential committee, Mr Arnel Alexis find himself in a position where he could no longer stay in the position.
As for the departing members of CTCEP they have complied with the request to resign, understanding sacrifice is necessary to solve the political crisis of the last several weeks. Lucien Jura, spokesman for the presidency, talking about the new CTCEP said, "The new electoral advisers have realized the need to now be part of the solution rather than the problem."
Martelly has conferred with CEP members, Senators Desras and Thimoleon, and will meet with Supreme Council President Joseph to get the electoral process started immediately.
Here is a picture of the new Court of First Instance of Anse-à-Veau
The ribbons of the newly built Court of First Instance were cut on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. The special inauguration was peopled by Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Jean Roudy Aly, among others, at the Court's new premises in Anse-à-Veau.
The project is one under the expansion plan that would see fifty Justice buildings being built each year. The new building is more pleasing to the eye and offers the judges in situ more space and comfort.
Here is a picture of the new Courthouse of Aquin.
On Friday, 11th October, Jean Roudy Aly, the Director General of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), inaugurated the rehabilitation and expansion of the Court of First Instance (CFI) of Aquin. The function was witnessed by Me Isaac Lithan, public prosecutor of that jurisdiction, the Mayor of the commune of Aquin and some more important personalities from the judicial administration. The Commissioner and the Dean of the Bar of the jurisdiction thanked Me. Jean Roudy Aly and Jean Renel Sanon, the Minister of Justice, for their effort to contribute two spacious court rooms and five investigation offices of examining. Jean Roudy Aly, in his speech for the occasion, said that the improvement of the working condition was done in tune of the policy undertaken by the Martelly-Lamothe administration. The administration expects different actors of the justice should work tirelessly and reduce the number of pretrial detention at minimum.
What you are looking at is the new Haiti Supreme Court. This is only the plan and it has not been built yet
The cost of construction of the new Supreme Court that was destroyed following the 2010 earthquake is estimated at $ 10 million. The funding for the building will be coming from IMF debt relief. Work on the new building is expected to start in March 2013 and end on March 2014.