Club Indigo in Montrouis hosting the revision of the Haitian Penal Code

Amended Penal Code to Strengthen Rule of Law. President Martelly presided over the opening of the Forum on Penal Policy of the Government. Minister of Justice and Public Safety Jean Sanon; President of the Court of Cassation Anel Joseph; Deputy Minister of Human Rights and Fight Against Extreme Poverty Marie Auguste; and senior officials, representatives, delegates, and institutions such as MINUSTAH, ProJustice, and Unit for Combating Corruption all attended.


The goal of the assizes, claimed Martelly, is to strengthen the rule of law, which he has made one of the top priorities of his presidency. He emphasized FPPG ". . . must update and better coordinate its sectoral public policies" With regard to the Ministry of Justice he explained its work must be systematized in coordination with a well-written penal code.

At the level of the criminal justice system, due process, fair court trials and hearings, police training in detainee treatment, and other aspects of law enforcement ". . . requires more effective action in ensuring the freedoms and fundamental rights of citizens." Sanon's remarks on updating and improving the penal code were to avoid discussing it because he is an arch rival of Martelly's. Instead he focused on what it takes to build a democracy. According to him there is a ". . . humanism obliged of our statesmen", which he describes as becoming sensitive to misery, illiteracy, and irresponsibility. Of the penal code itself he said nothing of substance, only a lot of claptrap referring to honorable men (himself) and humanist sensibility

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