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Haiti - FLASH : The Council of the Bar Association, alarmed by the process of Somalisation of the country
14/03/2023 08:32:33

Haiti - FLASH : The Council of the Bar Association, alarmed by the process of Somalisation of the country
In a note, the Council of the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince notes that today "[...] the life of the simplest citizen is daily put in danger, not even sparing parents and their children front the schools

"The horror, barbarity and monstrosity of these acts of banditry are not able to move the Government in place, clinging to a purposeless power, always inclined to show expressions of sympathy for tragedies abroad but stubbornly disconnected from the suffering of the local population," underlines the Council of the Order which notes that the kidnapping and sequestration of people, has settled permanently in daily life to the point that this crime has become normalized…

Alarmed by the "process of Somalisation of the national territory", where the armed bands each clash for a piece of the territory, the Council "condemns the casualness of the authorities responsible for public security and tranquility while taking note of the immobility of international institutions whose vocation is to contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in Haiti."

Moreover, he said he was "alert by the routine adoption of public acts devoid of any constitutional basis, particularly with regard to the appointment of judges to the Court of Cassation, challenged by the general dysfunction of national institutions and the growing devaluation of rule of law [...]"

Emphasizing that "the failure of the current State mainly affects the judiciary which seems to have renounced its prerogatives in the administration of justice" recalling that "for more than four years, mainly in the jurisdiction of Port-au-Prince, justice has been regularly disrupted, even completely paralyzed at times, especially after the perimeter of the Palais de Justice was declared a lawless zone. The normalization of the functioning of the Court of First Instance of Port-au-Prince has never taken place https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-36930-haiti-flash-bandits-make-the-law-at-the-palace-of-justice-in-port-au-prince.html In the meantime, the judicial functions have proved to be inoperative, which contributes not a little to spreading the feeling of the legitimacy of resorting to violence.

The Council of the Order reminds all those who hasten "[...] to maliciously evoke the virtue of dialogue with outlaws with a view to their reintegration, that in view of the seriousness of the crimes committed over time, including in particular rape, torture, the forced displacement of populations, impunity cannot be the condition of forgiveness."

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