Wednesday, 8 January 2014

GINS Post #5

We just studied the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In my GINS novel, Shaken, in Haiti, there is a similar constitution called the Constitution of Haiti. This constitution guarantees freedom of press and speech, although there is nothing mentioned about discrimination. Lawyers are given immunity, but because of the corruption, these lawyers are bribed, threatened or killed. In fact, husbands are allowed to murder their wives if they are found dating another man!

I've been thinking about how Haiti would be like if it had a charter like Canada's...

If the Canadian Charter applied in Haiti, the legal rights would definitely benefit the lawyers and the rate of crime would go down. In Canada, legal rights make torture and physical punishment illegal. In Haiti, since torture is used regularly to stop witnesses and lawyers from appearing in court. The crime rate would go down because witnesses could testify more. Another thing that the Constitution of Haiti lacked is a section detailing mobility rights. In Canada, you're allowed to move anywhere in Canada you want and make a living there. In Haiti, basically 90% of the population is in poverty, and they can't earn a living there. If the Canadian Charter is applied to Haiti, then there would be way less poverty as everyone would be able to earn a living.

Well anyways, thanks for reading and have a happy 2014!

9 comments:

  1. Hey Tong! First of all, I want to tell you that the layout of your GINS posts is really effective, as they are easy to follow and contain strong introductions so that the reader knows what's going on. That fact about husbands being able to murder their wives is disgusting. Even if their wife was cheating on them, isn't it just as bad to then cheat on your wife by ending her life??? From your post, it's pretty obvious that Haiti's Constitution is missing some fundamental rights and freedoms. What do you think has prevented these rights from being part of their Constitution?

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  2. Hi Tong! I think you did a really great job with your GINS posts and I really like the way you laid out your blog its really easy to navigate and easy to move through. For your 5th post you connected really well between Canada's Charter and the Legal Rights section comparing to the judicial system and how torture is a common thing for lawyers and people not just in court but everywhere.

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  3. Tong, good posts. My favourite post is this one because it helped me understand just how messed up it is and how much help Haiti needs. Probably still needs help today, I mean the women need help! some of the things you said were terribly wrong and women need help! I feel like you really connected with the book and the characters like Joshua. You did a good job comparing Canada to Haiti in this post...made me understand what you were getting at in the other posts.

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  4. Hey Tong! I think that you did a really good job with you GINS posts it showed that you took the time and effort to your posts so good. Your ideas make sense and your points are strong and clear, I never got lost. That fact about husbands being able to murder their wives is just wrong. Even if their wives are cheating on their husbands it does not give them the right to kill. Don't you think that Haiti's Constitution is missing some Fundamental Freedoms? I want to ask you why do you think that Haiti gives men these rights? I also thought that you could have took some ideas from you consumerism GINS post because when you said that 90% of the people is poor I think you should have expanded on that and said 90% of the population is poor because of the bad economy they have there. I think that would have cleared more things up.

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  5. Hey Tong. Your post was great and I really enjoyed reading it. My question for you is why are lawyers given immunity then bribed, threatened or killed and what does the government do about it?

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  6. You did a very smashing job on that Tong, it had a steady flow and little to no errors. I like how organized that was too. Anyway since Haiti is so underdeveloped do you think that if the section in our Charter "Mobility rights" was affected do you suppose anything would be different? Also I was wondering about the fact that you could have made a few more connections towards your novel for more supporting detail. Anyway, it was a very well done post and you thoroughly expressed your honest and correct opinion on this all. Farewell

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  7. I found that you took time to edit your posts to make sure your posts were ready to go! Your posts were clear, short and concise so I never got lost in your ideas. I was wondering if there were anything under the category "discrimination." I know you stated that you said there we nothing there, but if there were anything at all?

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  8. Hey Tong, I liked how you talked about the constitution of Haiti and some of the freedoms it offers. I especially found the part about lawyers being bribed, threatened, or even being killed interesting. Something I am wondering about is, why are the men aloud to kill their wives if they find them dating another man and are the women also do the same thing to their husbands?
    P.S. nice logo

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  9. hey tong first just let me say great job i have read through you blog and it looks like you have consider all aspects to having a good interesting blog, the theme looks good and so does the logo;), i also i liked how your post are short and concise but it get the point across very well, i have also found a lot of your points interesting and thing that i would not have thought of.

    thanks

    will

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