Haiti: UN expert welcomes declarations on the rule of law

On September 2nd 2011 the UN independent expert on human rights in Haiti, Micheal Forst, positively welcomed the last announces of the Caribbean island’s authorities on new legal measures.The most important measure regards the establishment of an independent judiciary, free from any executive influences. In fact, it represents a pillar for supporting the new Haitian justice system. Moreover, Mr. Forst called for the dismissal of the police officers who did not meet the last national certifications, expressing a need of change within its institutional élites. Furthermore, Mr. Forst denounced the risk of an explosion of violence caused by the inaction of the state due to the inadequate health conditions of Haitian prisons.After the impunity cases of J.C. Duvalier and the massacre of the prison in Les Cayes, the UN expert showed assurances that “justice would take its course”.

 Another Mr. Forst’s concern on the humanitarian situation in the island was the role of police in the land removals.
Finally, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) emphasized the relevance of creating an independent judiciary to enhance the rule of law in the country.