On this day, we congratulate The Republic of Haiti on completing its 211th. year of Independence. This is a day of pride and celebration for all Caribbean people. Haiti stands as testimony of our spiritual will and ability move beyond boundaries placed before us.
Think about this. When much of The New World was in chains Haiti was free.
Indeed, the world should stand in awe of Haiti’s ability to withstand the global turmoil that ensued after it took its independence from France so many years ago. It is indeed fitting that every first day of every new year the world States must pause their own new-year celebrations to recognize the fortitude and ingenuity of our people. Haiti is a pillar of this world as it is the first country of our contemporary Western dominated world to enjoy universal adult suffrage. Democracy, which is often touted as the cornerstone of today’s civilization, is indebted to you. The Caribbean and the world owe to you their gratitude.
Long live Haiti!
In celebration of Haiti’s Independence we give you the Preamble of Haiti’s Constitution.
The Haitian people proclaim this constitution in order to:
Ensure their inalienable and imprescriptible rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; in conformity with the Act of Independence of 1804 and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1948.
Constitute a socially just, economically free, and politically independent Haitian nation.
Establish a strong and stable State, capable of protecting the country’s values, traditions, sovereignty, independence and national vision.
Implant democracy, which entails ideological pluralism and political rotation and affirm the inviolable rights of the Haitian people.
Strengthen national unity by eliminating all discrimination between the urban and rural populations, by accepting the community of languages and culture and by recognizing the right to progress, information, education, health, employment and leisure for all citizens.
Ensure the separation and the harmonious distribution of the powers of the State at the service of the fundamental interests and priorities of the Nation.
Set up a system of government based on fundamental liberties, and the respect for human rights, social peace, economic equity, concerted action and participation of all the people in major decisions affecting the life of a nation, through effective decentralization.