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Can Human Rights Be an “Affront” to DR’s Sovereignty?

In September 2013, a Dominican Republic Constitutional Court issued a ruling that left up to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and immigrant descendents stateless. At the end of October 2014, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) ruled that DR is responsible for these people’s suffering. The DR then rejected the decision, arguing that the IACtHR’s decision jeopardizes DR’s sovereignty. This article explains how that stance is illogical and puts this vulnerable population at risk.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

National Sovereignty Vs Human Rights?

Robin Guittard, The Huffington Post UK
November 12, 2014

Faced with an Inter-American Court of Human Rights decision that recognized the suffering of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants, the only response that the Dominican Republic could muster was to start shouting in defence of its national sovereignty.

What this reaction shows is the government’s total indifference to its most basic responsibilities.

At the end of October, the highest court in the Americas found the Dominican state responsible for denying identity documents to thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent and arbitrarily depriving them of their nationality.


This was not a new concern. For years, Dominican human rights organizations, international organizations like Amnesty International and various UN agencies have highlighted how discrimination is fuelling abuses against Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants in the country.


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