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UN expert: Haiti makes progress on rule of law

Published:Friday | February 10, 2012 | 10:21 AM

The United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Haiti has said that the country has made some progress in restoring the rule of law, but noted that the country still faces serious challenges.

Michel Forst has cited the appointment of the president of the highest appellate court and the upcoming establishment of the supreme council of the judiciary as examples of progress.

Forst added that Haiti’s ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is also a positive step in right direction.

However, he said Haiti needs to address the problem of prolonged detention of suspects.

He lamented that there are still too many suspects, who are forced to wait for lengthy periods before they are brought before a judge.