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!