Haitian Civil Society's Petition for Legal Reform to End Violence Against Women
Below is an excerpt of a petition being circulated for signatures by Haitian civil society organizations, addressed to key Haitian authorities.
We the undersigned represent Haitian civil society organizations and their allies who are working to address gender-based violence (GBV) in Haiti. The New Draft Penal Code (Avant-Projet de Code Penal) offers a roadmap to significantly enhance Haitian law concerning the obligations of the state in relation to both victims and perpetrators of crimes including gender-based violence, and the rights of those who experience such violations. It is a reflection of the will and aspiration of the citizens of Haiti and our supporters and represents landmark legislation in our country.
We commend the Ministry of Justice for its valiant efforts regarding the New Penal Code and support its introduction to Parliament. We urge the honorable Members of Parliament to finalize this bill and ensure that it becomes law.