The UNJC’s eighth Congress concluded on June 8. Photo: Yaimí Ravelo

On June 8, during the closing ceremony of the National Union of Cuban Jurists‘ (UNJC) eighth Congress in Havana’s International Conference Center, the organization awarded its 40th anniversary Commemorative Seal to Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, for his exceptional example as a leader of the Revolution, his fundamental role in the construction and defense of socialism in Cuba, his loyalty to Fidel and the Party, and his strong leadership.
The distinction was also awarded to José Ramón Machado Ventura, second secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers; and Homero Acosta Álvarez, secretary of the Council of State, while a group of outstanding jurists also received the recognition on behalf of the 493 honorees nationwide.
Also presented during the ceremony was the 2017 National Young Jurist’s Prize, which went to Dr. Orisell Richards Martínez, a professor at the University of Havana’s Law Faculty, while outstanding provinces such as Guantánamo, La Habana, Villa Clara, Camagüey, Holguín, Granma and Santiago de Cuba were also recognized.
Speaking during the event, Homero Acosta stressed the importance of a constitutional reform process as many of the norms which exist today, linked to the updating of Cuba’s socio-economic model, go beyond constitutional principles. “Social reality and the Constitution must go hand in hand;” a task which he said will require greater efforts by those working in this sector and the increased participation of the UNJC.