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Creation of a de facto judicial power rejected in Haiti

Creation of a de facto judicial power rejected in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) Sixteen human rights organizations in Haiti spoke out against the creation of a 'de facto' Superior Council of the Judicial Power (CSPJ), which violates the established provisions, it was reported on Friday.
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The platforms, including the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, the Je Klere Foundation or Haitian Women’s Solidarity, criticized any ‘fraudulent arrangement’ for the creation of the CSPJ, an entity that manages and plans the resources of the judicial branch.

By late July, CSPJ technical secretary Jean Robert Constant asked Prime Minister Ariel Henry to adopt measures so that the members of the fourth Magistrature could take office, after the death of Judge Rene Sylvestre, President of that body.

Constant pointed out that the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7 delayed that process even more.

However, for the signatory associations that also include the International Lawyers Firm and the Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations, the bankruptcy of all public powers -included the judiciary- is one of the constituent elements of the multidimensional crisis that destroy the country.

The assassination against Moïse strengthened the institutional vacuum of the country, which since 2020 lacked a Parliament after the mandates of all legislators and two-thirds of the senators expired, and whose judicial apparatus functioned irregularly, a situation worsened with Sylvestre’s death.

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