Human Rights Group Urges Haitian President to Publish Constitutional Amendments
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH) published a report providing an update about the claimed errors recorded in the last constitutional review process in Haiti.
Amendments were passed in the review and the RNDDH believes in the amendments as they have marked a significant progress in "the proclamation of the rights of citizens at the point of social, political and cultural."
Recalling the turmoil and emotions raised by the amendment process which spanned two presidents, PrÃ¨val and Martelly, and two legislatures, the 48th and 49th, the RNDDH noted that remarkable institutions that were created by these amendments.
The network cites the Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), the Constitutional Council and the Permanent Electoral Council (CEP).
In a detailed table, the RNDDH presents the original articles in the Constitution, the proposed amendments and the adoptions made. The RNDDH called on President Michel Martelly to enact the constitutional into law.
Notable Constitutional Amendments
ARTICLE 17.1 and 31.1.1: The amendments to these articles aim to increase the participation of women in government. They hold the government to have at least 30% of its seats held by women.
ARTICLE 184.2: The establishment of the Supreme Judiciary Council in the Magistrates to exercise a right of supervision and discipline.
ARTICLE 190: The establishment of the Constitutional Council composed of nine (9) members. Responsible for ensuring the constitutionality of laws. It is therefore necessary to regulatory authorities may prevent the abuse of power, adoption and enforcement of laws unconstitutional and arbitrary measures public authorities.
ARTICLE 253.1: Involves the state and its institutions in the recovery ecological and environmental balance.
ARTICLE 285: Installation of the Permanent Electoral Council (CEP) and the Higher Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) three (3) months after the return in force of the amended Constitution.
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