Speakers of Haitian Parliament Issue Urgent Call for Popular Vigilance to Respect for LawLes présidents des deux chambres appellent à la ‘Vigilance’ citoyenne pour ‘éviter le pire’

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Speakers of both chambers of Haitian Parliament call for ‘popular vigilance to avoid the worst’

Joint Statement by Speaker of the Senate, Simon Dieuseul Desras, and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Levaillant Louis-Jeune

English | French

February 24, 2012

Call to the NATION

In obedience to the laws of the City and in compliance with the Constitutional System, legal and democratic.

 

In any democracy, the rule is: obedience to the laws of the City. This determines the immediacy and the organic essential for maintaining the authority of the State.

The history of Athens, the Greek city that propelled citizenship to the level of a priesthood,  offers us an exciting example of patriotism and loyalty to democratic legality.

Socrates, the philosopher, presented by the oracle of Delphi as the wisest of men, unconditionally subjected himself to the laws of his City, although he was imprisoned and sentenced to death under an unjust law.

Pressured by his friends to escape from prison, he preferred death to the idea of ​​breaking the laws of Athens that had enabled him to flourish, teach, philosophize, and seek the truth. For Socrates, freedom of thought is boundless, whereas freedom to act is always limited by the law. We must obey in deed though not in thought the edicts of the powers that be. Critical thinking is not rebellion. It is not counter to the first duty of the citizen towards the City: obedience.

Who are those who today refuse to submit themselves to the democratic order?

Who are those who blow a wind of revolt from atop of the state?

These questions derive from the observation that the seats of power at home, in our country, are occupied by such illogic which, if not immediately stopped, threatens to precipitate the Haitian population into grave distress.

It has been two years now since our earth shook and brought us misfortunes and losses so great that the rest of humanity did not hesitate to join us in the notion that ​​reconstruction is needed. Such a context should suffice to motivate our statesmen and women in their tasks, and this in turn would promote discourse, behaviors, and actions that are in accord with the urgency of the hour.

Instead we find that some of our elected officials have fallen into the habit of missing their public commitments* due fear of personal sacrifice, or for cowardice, or greed. This lack of responsibility has subjected the Country and the people to a series of tumultuous debates, empty, without scope, where the trivial or mundane were tossed alongside the national interests. The impression of our citizens today is that they have no government, that the present is elusive and the future is mortgaged.

This situation of great anxiety diverts the attention of the population, incapacitates the mind, and prevents men and women from setting themselves to work for their country that is waiting to be rebuilt. This conditioning must be overcome and, where the state threatens to give up, it is up to the citizens to compel or force the leaders to assume their roles.

Civil society, through its organized structures, should not wait for a catastrophe that can be prevented. Convinced of the seriousness of the situation, the Speakers of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies consider it appropriate to issue an urgent appeal to our citizens to be vigilant so they can be on guard besides their leaders to avoid the worst.

This approach, enshrined in great wisdom, requires that great effort be demanded from the leaders so that they labor under of the guidance of the Constitution, aware of their prerogatives and their limitations.

The Mother Law provides mechanisms that tell men and women how they should serve the public good. It is important that they know and remember that the nation suffers when it sees them put on a hideous spectacle of gladiators fighting vile imputations and intrigues, without light and without talent.

This form of deconstruction carries within itself dangerous germs than could find fertile ground in the Parliament. Our society today is fraught with problems and nobody, absolutely nobody, can keep silent without becoming an accomplice. It is up to all of us Haitians, our legacy and our honor.

Haiti is in danger!

How can the private business sector undergo this degradation of the conditions of existence and social relations without concluding that the creation of wealth and employment are impossible when governance does not respond.

How can a reputable university that is meant for reflection, debate, and research thrive in circumstances that are the essence of the retrograde.

How can the religious sectors, despite the values they promote, ​​silently observe this society that needs more and more repair.

How can our sociologists suffer in silence the insults from our state, like the prison bars of the Republic that greatly need their expert viewpoints.

Finally, the various organized groups, such as political parties, even small ones, have an obligation to intervene to appeal to one and all, so that respect for the law returns to being the standard in our society that so greatly seeks it.

HAITIAN NATION, fellow citizens, it is for us, leaders of the Parliament, a sacred duty and a special honor to say to the world that you are a historical landmark.

You stood up in 1804, 1934, 1986 and 1990.**

Stand up today for the respect for the preamble to the 1987 Constitution and respect for the laws passed by the Parliament!

Stand up and call for the President of the Republic to respect his oath and faithfully follow the Constitution and the laws of the Republic!

Stand up to save our democratic gains, and demand free and fair elections within the time prescribed by the law and the Constitution.

The Parliament, guardian of democratic legitimacy, co-custodian of national sovereignty.

May God protect Haiti!

Simon Dieuseul Desras
Speaker of the Senate of the Republic

Levaillant Louis-Jeune
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies

 

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*Gary Conille has not showed up for his government meetings in months.

**Declaration of Independence; Removal of first U.S. occupation; Removal of Duvalier; Removal of junta that followed 1st coup against Aristide.

 

Source: AlterPresse (French) | Haiti Chery (English translation by Dady Chery; footnotes added)

 

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Haiti-Politique : Les présidents des deux chambres appellent à la ‘vigilance’ citoyenne pour ‘éviter le pire’

Déclaration commune du président du sénat, Simon Dieuseul Desras, et de celui de la chambre des députés, Levaillant Louis-Jeune

anglais | français

Appel à la NATION

Pour l’obéissance aux lois de la Cité et le respect de l’ordre Constitutionnel, Légal et Démocratique

 

La règle dans toute démocratie est l’obéissance aux lois de la Cité. Elle en conditionne l’immédiateté et l’organicité indispensables au maintien de l’autorité de l’État.

L’histoire d’Athènes, la cité grecque qui propulsa la citoyenneté à la dimension d’un sacerdoce, nous offre un exemple exaltant de patriotisme et de fidélité à la légalité démocratique.

Socrate, le philosophe, présenté par l’oracle de Delphes comme le plus sage des hommes, inconditionnellement assujetti à l’ordre de la Cité, a été écroué et condamné à mort sous la férule d’une loi injuste…

Pressuré par ses amis de s’évader de prison, il préféra la mort à l’idée d’enfreindre les lois d’Athènes qui lui avaient permis de s’épanouir, d’enseigner, de philosopher, de rechercher la vérité. Pour Socrate, la liberté de penser est sans bornes, alors que la liberté d’agir est toujours limitée et soumise aux lois. Il faut obéir en actes et non en pensée aux prescrits des pouvoirs établis. L’esprit critique n’est pas l’esprit de rébellion. Il ne s’oppose pas au premier devoir du citoyen à l’égard de la Cité : l’obéissance.

Qui aujourd’hui refusait de se soumettre à l’ordre démocratique ?

Qui sont ceux qui font souffler un vent de fronde au sommet de l’État ?

Cette adresse part du constat que les espaces de pouvoir, chez nous, dans notre Pays, sont habités par la déraison qui, si elle ne devait pas arrêter au plus vite, menace de précipiter la population haitienne dans le dernier désarroi. Voilà deux années déjà depuis que notre terre a tremblé pour apporter à nos malheurs des pertes si énormes que le reste de l’humanité n’a pas hésité à admettre avec nous l’idée de la reconstruction nécessaire.

Un tel contexte devrait suffire pour motiver les hommes et les femmes d’Etat dans ce qui constitue leur tache, celle qui appellerait à son tour à des discours, des comportements et des actes en conformité avec les urgences de l’heure. Mais, voilà que nos élus, au lieu de s’y faire, ont préféré développer une familiarité avec l’idée de manquer aux engagements publics, par la crainte des sacrifices, par lacheté ou par cupidité. Cette irresponsabilité vaut au Pays et au peuple une série de débats tumultueux, vides, sans portée, sans conséquences qui versant dans la trivialité ou le terre à terre en marge des interêts nationaux. L’impression des citoyens, aujourd’hui, est qu’ils ne sont pas gouvernés, que le present est insaisissable et l’avenir hypothéqué.

Cette situation de grande inquiétude détourne l’attention de la population, dérange les capacités et empêche les hommes et les femmes de se mettre au travail dans leur pays qui attend d’être reconstruit. Ce conditionnement compris de la sorte doit être contourné et là où l’Etat menace de céder, il appartient aux citoyens d’assumer pour obliger ou forcer les dirigeants à assumer leur role.

La société civile, à travers ses structures organisées, ne devrait pas non plus attendre la catastrophe qui peut être prévenue. Convaincus de cette gravité, le Président du Sénat de la République et celui de la Chambre des Députés croient utile de lancer un appel urgent à la vigilance des citoyennes et des citoyens qui sauront veiller à coté de leurs mandataires pour éviter le pire .

Cette demarche, inscrite dans la grande sagesse, prévoit le grand effort d’exiger que les dirigeants se mettent effectivement à l’oeuvre sous l’empire de la Constitution en tenant compte de leurs prerogatives et de leurs limites. Puisque la loi mere prévoit les mécanismes qui indiquent aux hommes et aux femmes comment ils doivent servir la cause publique. Il est important que ceux-ci sachent et retiennent que la nation souffre à les voir offrir ce spectacle hideux de vils gladiateurs qui luttent d’imputations et d’intrigues, sans lumières et sans talents.

Cette forme de déconstruction dangereuse porte en elle-même des germes contagieux susceptibles d’atteindre la terre fertile au sein du Parlement. Notre société aujourd’hui est grosse d’évenements majeurs et personne, absolument personne, ne peut se replier dans un silence sans être complice. Il y va de nous tous, Haitiennes et Haitiens, de nos propriétés et de notre honneur.

Haiti est en danger !

Comment le secteur privé des Affaires peut-il subir la dégradation des conditions de l’existence et des relations sociales sans comprendre que la creation des richesses et de l’emploi sont impossibles quand la gouvernance ne répond pas.

Comment l’Université reputée espace de reflexions, de débats et de recherches peut elle s’epanouir dans des conditions hypothétiques qui expriment l’essence meme du rétrograde.

Comment les secteurs religieux, au regard de ce qu’ils véhicuelent comme valeurs peuvent ils assister silencieusement à cette gestion de la politique dans une société qui a de plus en plus besoin de reperes.

Comment les socio professionnels peuvent ils souffrir en silence les derives de nos hommes d’Etat, tels les barreaux de la République qui seraient si utiles avec leurs points de vue d’experts.

Enfin , les differents groupes organisés, tels les Partis politiques aussi faibles soient-ils, ont pour obligation d’intervenir pour en appeler aux uns et aux autres, pour que le respect des lois redevienne norme dans notre société qui se cherche .

NATION HAÏTIENNE, CONCITOYENNES ET CONCITOYENS, c’est pour nous, leaders du Parlement, un devoir sacré et un honneur particulier d’affirmer à la face du monde que vous êtes une entité emblématique chargée d’histoire.

Vous étiez debout en 1804, en 1934, en 1986 et en 1990.

Soyez debout aujourd’hui pour le respect du préambule de la Constitution de 1987 et le respect des lois votées par le Parlement !

Soyez debout pour appeler le Président de la République au respect de son serment d’observer et de faire observer fidèlement la Constitution et les lois de la République !

Soyez debout pour sauvegarder les acquis démocratiques, en exigeant des élections libres, honnêtes et démocratiques dans les délais prescrits par la loi et la Constitution.

Le Parlement, gardien de la légitimité démocratique, co-dépositaire de la souveraineté nationale veille.

Que Dieu protège Haïti !

Simon Dieuseul Desras
Président du Sénat de la République

Levaillant Louis-Jeune
Président de la Chambre des Députés

 

Origine: AlterPresse

 

 

 

 

Presidents of both chambers of the Parliament call for “vigilance” citizen “to avoid the worst”

Joint Statement by President of the Senate, Simon Dieuseul Desras, and that of the Chamber of Deputies, Levaillant Louis-Jeune

February 24, 2012

Call to the NATION

In obedience to the laws of the City and compliance with the Constitutional System, Legal and Democratic.

The rule in any democracy is obedience to the laws of the City. This determines the immediacy and the organic essential for maintaining the authority of the State.

The history of Athens, the Greek city that propelled citizenship to the level of a priesthood,  offers us an exciting example of patriotism and loyalty to democratic legality.

Socrates, the philosopher, presented by the oracle of Delphi as the wisest of men, unconditionally subjected himself to the laws of his City, although he was imprisoned and sentenced to death under an unjust law.

Pressured by his friends to escape from prison, he preferred death to the idea of ​​breaking the laws of Athens, which had enabled him to flourish, to teach, to philosophize, to seek the truth. For Socrates, freedom of thought is boundless, while the freedom to act is always limited by the laws. We must obey in deed and not in thought the edicts of to the powers that be. Critical thinking is not rebellion. It is not counter to the first duty of the citizen towards the City: obedience.

Who are those who today refused to submit themselves to the democratic order? Who are those who blow a wind of revolt at the top of the state?

These questions come from the observation that the seats of power at home, in our country, are inhabited by illogic which, if not stopped immediately, threatens to precipitate the Haitian population into great distress. It has been two years now, since our earth shook to bring us misfortunes and losses so great that the rest of humanity did not hesitate to join us in the idea that ​​reconstruction is needed. Such context should be enough to motivate the our statesmen and women in their tasks, which in turn would bring speeches, behaviors, and actions in accordance with the urgency of the hour. But we find instead that some of our elected officials into the habit of missing their public commitments for the fear of personal sacrifice, cowardice, or greed. This lack of responsibility has cost the Country and the people a series of tumultuous debates, empty, without scope, tossing the trivial or mundane alongside the national interests. The impression of our citizens today is that theyhave no government, that the present is elusive and the future is mortgaged.

This situation of great anxiety diverts the attention of the population, incapacitates the mind, and prevents men and women from setting themselves to work in their country, which is waiting to be rebuilt. This conditioning must be overcome and where the state is threatening to give up, it is up to the citizens to compel or force the leaders to assume their roles. Civil society, through its organized structures, should not wait for a catastrophe that can be prevented. Convinced of the seriousness of the situation, the Speakers of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies consider it worthwhile to launch an urgent appeal for the vigilance of citizens so that they be on guard alongside their leaders to avoid the worst.

This approach, enshrined in the great wisdom, requires that a great effort be demanded from the leaders so that they labor under of the guidance, Constitution, aware of their prerogatives and their limitations. The mother law provides mechanisms that tell men and women how they should serve the public good. It is important that they know and remember that the nation suffers when it sees them offer a hideous spectacle of gladiators fighting vile imputations and intrigues, without light and without talent.

This form of deconstruction carries within itself dangerous germs than could flourish in the fertile ground in in Parliament. Our society today is fraught with problems and nobody, absolutely nobody, can keep silent without becoming an accomplice. It is in all of us Haitians, our qualities and our honor. Haiti is in danger!

How can the private business sector undergo this degradation of the conditions of existence and social relations without concluding that the creation of wealth and employment are impossible when governance does not respond.

How can the space of a reputable university meant for reflections, debates and research thrive in  circumstances that are the essence of the retrograde.

How the religious sectors, despite the values promote, ​​silently watch this society that needs more and more repair.

How can our sociologists suffer in silence the insults from our statesmen, like the prisons of the Republic that greatly need their expert viewpoints.

Finally, the various organized groups, such as political parties, even small ones, have an obligation to intervene to appeal to one oand all, so that respect for the law returns to being standard in our society that so greatly seeks it.

HAITIAN NATION, fellow citizens, it is for us, leaders of Parliament, a sacred duty and a special honor to say to the world that you are a landmark in history.

You stood up in 1804, 1934, 1986 and 1990.

Stand up today for the respect of the preamble to the 1987 Constitution and respect the laws passed by Parliament!

Stand up to call the President of the Republic to respect his oath and faithfully follow the Constitution and laws of the Republic!

Stand up to back democratic gains, and demand free and fair elections within the time prescribed by the law and the Constitution.

Parliament, the guardian of democratic legitimacy, co-custodian of national sovereignty before.

May God protect Haiti!

Simon Dieuseul Desras
President of the Senate of the Republic

Levaillant Louis-Jeune
President of the Chamber of Deputies

 

Source: AlterPresse

 

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