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Haiti - Politic : Fight against trafficking of «Rèstavèk» in Haiti
19/11/2015 08:32:24

Haiti - Politic : Fight against trafficking of «Rèstavèk» in Haiti
Pierre-Richard Casimir, the Minister of Justice intervened earlier this week at the opening of the conference of two days of the National Commission for fight against human trafficking in Haiti, the opportunity for stakeholders to diagnose and analyze the problems of this deplorable practice.

The Minister Casimir put the emphasis on the importance of this struggle in the rule of law in Haiti. Stressing that the fight against trafficking of persons, is part of thepenal policy of the government, the Minister of Justice wished to recall that the public prosecutors of the 18 jurisdictions of the country were instructed to pay particular attention to this issue, by pursuing any offense relating to these acts.

"A society that want to be respectful of human rights can only prevent, and if necessary, punish cases of ill-treatment of children," argued the minister, describing the phenomenon Rèstavèk in Haiti as unacceptable, stressing the need to educate the whole society around the issue.

An observation that Charles Jean-Jacques, then Minister of Social Affairs had already made in May 2014 when he declared "it is inconceivable to XXE century, in a country that abolished slavery, to have children as slaves" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11263-haiti-social-launch-of-nationwide-study-on-children-restaveks.html . In June 2014 he had pulled the alarm and recognized to the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights, that child domesticity, centennial practice in our society affected, according to a study by UNICEF, about 3% of Haitian children "Some see it as a means of social support, others see it as a lucrative system disguised as support for having a labor cheap. This practice, in many ways, is similar to an explotation system," https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11583-haiti-politic-the-restaveks-on-the-agenda-of-cidp.html

Besides the Minister of Justice, Dr. Ariel Henry, Minister of Social Affairs, and US Ambassador to Haiti, Peter Mulrean, also spoke at the opening of this meeting with, among others, the active involvement of many Government Commissioners, juvenile judges, investigators of the Central Directorate of Judicial Police.

If the Minister of Social Affairs believes that the fight against human trafficking, responds to the ideal pursued by our heroes of Independence, for the Minister of Justice this is part of the struggle for the construction of the rule of law and democracy.

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