Moderated by Leonie Hermantin, member of the Center for Haitian Studies’ Board of Directors.
Presented in Haitian Creole with English subtitles.
English transcription available for non-Creole speakers
During the colonial era, Haiti’s Black Code governed the slavery system. Later, the Civil Code was added to the Black Code with the aim of softening the slavery system. Today, the Haitian government is proposing a new Penal Code for Haiti – one that would emulate other countries that have adopted a series of laws and principles that govern their people’s behavior regardless of their race, color, creed, or language. Would a new Haitian Penal Code be at odds with our current legal system, and with our principles and history? In this panel, political sociologist Jean Eddy Saint Paul and writer Alin L. Hall (La Péninsule républicaine) discuss Haiti’s proposed Penal Code.
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