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 Medico-Legal Institute (IML) in Haiti.
Medico-Legal Institute Re-Opens. State University of Haiti was where re-opening of the Medico-Legal Institute (IML) occurred. Ministers of Justice and Public Security, and Health, along with Faculty and Economic Sciences Dean were present.
IML engages in forensic medicine, whose practitioners investigate ". . . cases of suspicious deaths . . . (and) establish . . . circumstances surrounding such cases."
Minister Casmir says it's insufficient to rely on suspects' unreliable confessions. Forensic evidence will more accurately assign blame to the real perpetrator.
Here is a picture taken during the ceremony of inauguration of the new Court of Cassation by President Michel Martelly and Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan.
Earthquake-Proof Court of Cassation Opens. Taiwan has completely funded the rebuilding of the Court of Cassation at $15.8 MM USD. Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou presided over the launching ceremony.
Martelly said, ". . . with international cooperation as sustained . . . as . . . offered by Taiwan . . . we will . . . advance in rebuilding the country."
The new building is seismically improved with updated security features and will improve the rule of law, according to Martelly.
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 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 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.