iciHaiti - Social Justice : OPC Recommendations to the Haitian State
The Office for Citizen Protection (OPC), National Human Rights Institution is deeply concerned about the poor living conditions of the Haitian population.
The deterioration of the security climate has caused the closure of many businesses and the loss of jobs for more than one. Workers do not earn a decent salary and the other disadvantaged sections of society have sunk into precariousness and unemployment, without any effective social protection.
On the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice (February 20), the OPC wishes to draw the attention of the Haitian State to its fundamental role in the establishment of social justice which is essential for personal development. and collective well-being.
OPC recommendations to the Haitian State:
- Establish a security climate by dismantling armed gangs, which will at the same time facilitate the improvement of living conditions in the country through the creation of new jobs in the formal and informal sector;
- Place full employment and decent work at the heart of economic and social policies, in order to achieve, among other things, higher living standards;
- Take social protection measures, including the protection of all workers, in a manner appropriate to the current socio-economic situation;
- Take concrete, short-term measures to adjust the minimum wage for contract workers, in accordance with the law of September 2009 fixing the minimum wage in industrial and commercial establishments;
- Guarantee a decent salary allowing everyone to live with dignity in favorable social conditions in the face of the devaluation of the gourde and galloping inflation, which will facilitate better performance at work, socio-economic stability and the reduction of external migration rate;
- Guarantee, protect and strengthen workers' freedom of association, in accordance with ILO Convention No. 87 on freedom of association and protection of the right to organise;
- Respect, promote and implement fundamental principles and rights at work, which are of particular importance as necessary conditions for an adequate standard of living and social integration;
- Develop and implement a social protection policy for the benefit of marginalized categories of society, especially street children, young people left to fend for themselves, sex workers, domestic workers, "madan Sara";
- Establish social justice by moving from equal rights to equal opportunities or even to equal situations, and to give everyone the same means of success, the same possibilities of accessing various social positions, without any discrimination.