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NY Assembly Takes Stand on DR Statelessness Problem

The situation for Dominicans of Haitian descent really came to international attention when a DR Constitutional Court passed a law that left hundreds of thousands stateless. Since then, DR has created a plan for nationalization but the majority of stateless people were still left out. At the urging of a few New York State Assembly members and many human rights advocates, the Assembly has adopted a resolution that condemns DR’s treatment of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Hopefully this is a step towards ending these human rights violations.

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

NYS Assembly Passes Resolution Condemning DR Ruling

The Haitian Times
May 6, 2015

The New York State Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte announced on Tuesday. The bill states that New Yorkers–Dominicans, Haitians, Caribbeans, and many others–care about what’s happening inside Dominican Republic.

“Today’s vote sends an unequivocal message that the Dominican Republic’s persistent abuse of Dominicans of Haitian descent must stop,” Bichotte said. “As happy as I am to bring my hunger strike to an end, it was nothing compared to the deprivation and persecution suffered by Dominicans of Haitian descent. I applaud my colleagues in the Assembly for joining me in voting to condemn these human rights violations.”

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