The parliamentarians commission charged to work on the bill to guarantee access to land and decent housing in Haiti met with the “Je nan Je” platform on Wednesday January 17th, 2012 as announced by the National Assembly Bureau on January 11th, 2012.
Five (5) Senators: Jean William Jeanty, Francisco Delacruz, Westner Polycarpe, Jean Willy Jean-Baptiste and Youri Latortue received the “Je nan Je” platform delegation in the Senate diplomatic lounge. For more than 2 hours, both parties discussed on the “Je nan Je” campaign objectives, its expectations and means to reach them. Proposals and recommendations were also made for working arrangements between the two groups.
The possibility to have the demands that “Je nan Je” submitted to the parliament 7 days ago, in several bills, was mentioned during the discussions. This was clearly illustrated by Senator Youri Latortue when he said: “I have read the Charter of Demands and came across vital information that will support the bill on agrarian issues that I am currently working on and will soon submit to my colleagues”.
For his part, Senator William Jeanty invited the platform to work hard and to not expect concrete results within a short time. “We must be realistic. You have high social ambitions. However in the Parliament, laws that relate to politics are prioritized at the expense of social ones. This will not be a small fight”, warned Senator William Jeanty. He also reiterated his willingness to continue working with the “Je nan Je” platform.
This work session between “Je nan Je” and parliamentarians is the result of the January 11th, 2012 march that the platform conducted. This march brought together more than 10,000 people from Haiti’s 10 departments. The protestors walked more than 5.5 km in Port-au-Prince’s streets (from Airport and Delmas crossroad to Bicentenaire) to submit their charter of demands on Land and Housing Rights to the Parliament.
In a note dated January 16th, 2012 and signed by the presidents of both chambers, Dieuseul Desrais Simon (Senate) and Levaillant Louis-Jeune (Chamber of Deputies), twelve (12) members (eight senators and four deputies) were invited to be part of the bicameral commission to monitor the “Je nan Je” advocacy platform.
Focusing on transparency, accountability and governance, "Je nan Je" is an advocacy campaign that aims to obtain right to land and housing security in Haiti.