Social Reality and Constitution Must Go Hand in Hand

Eighth UNJC congress awards commemorative stamp to Army General Raúl Castro Ruz

By: Susana Gómes Bugallo


2017-06-09 | 17:13:11 EST
A process of constitutional reform is due to take place in the next few years – considering the importance of social changes associated to the economic updating – which would prompt a wide popular participation and a referendum. Once the reform is approved, legislative activity will increase and will entail the updating of the rest of the legal system. In this future work, the National Union of Cuban Jurists UNJC should be involved.

With these words, secretary of the Council of State Homero Acosta closed in Havana the Eight Congress of this institution, an occasion on which the commemorative stamp for the UNJC 40th anniversary was awarded to First Secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party and President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and to Second Secretary of the political organization and Vice-president of this bodies José Ramón Machado Ventura.

Awarded were also Homero Acosta himself and 493 jurists and institutions associated to that sector in the country. Professor Orisell Richards Martínez of the School of Law at the University of Havana was awarded as the Young Jurist of the year. 

Some changes announced in the model’s update have direct impact on the constitution, surpassing its limits and cannot be tempered through interpretations. Social reality and constitution must go hand in hand, Homero Acosta said, and added that since the 6th Congress of the Party until December 2016, the legislative activity have increased. More than 130 policies have been approved, and it has led to the issuing of 300 legal provisions, with 700 norms derogated and 58 modificated. Among the regulations there are four laws, 36 executive orders and 26 decrees.

He remarked on the next executive order to be approved for the improvement of legal advice, the most problematic activity of this sector. A process like this can only be achieved from the practice of law, he said.

The participants also had the opportunity to talk with Major General Leonardo Andollo Valdés, vice-chief of the Permanent Commission of Implementation and Development of the Guidelines, who updated them about the work carried out after the 7th Congress of the Party. The jurists expressed some of their concerns about the country’s ongoing changes and highlighted the importance of taking part in the Commission and being organized around the legislative activity.

Translated by ESTI       

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