10 Oct '17, 9am

Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes

Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes

Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots. The West African and Caribbean countries, separated by thousands of kilometres (miles) and ocean, share the same history but also the same religion -- voodoo. Jean Renel Senatus, Jean-Marie Junior Salomon and Ronald Lareche came to Benin late last month on a research trip as part of Haiti's reforms of its 19th-century penal code. Part of the process is taking advice from countries where their ancestors lived before they were shipped abroad as slaves. Historically and culturally, "Haiti and Benin are two sides of the same coin," Senatus, a lawyer and president of Haiti's Senate justice commission, told AFP. "We want to adapt these texts to modern-day life and we're here to see how Benin handles irrati...

Full article: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/haiti-looks-benin-guidance-vood...

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