Though the Dominican Republic (DR) issued a naturalization plan, Law 169-14, for people born to foreign parents, many failed to register. The documents needed are often difficult to acquire and now that the deadline has passed, many fear that people who met the naturalization requirements are still at high risk of deportation. Amnesty International spoke with some Dominican authorities to get more information on the Law and how DR plans to help those who couldn’t register. Amnesty also suggests ways DR can protect the children of undocumented immigrants and prevent future mass deportations.
Part of the report is below. Click HERE for the full text.
Amnesty International ends visit to the Dominican Republic: further actions needed to protect Dominicans of foreign descent
June 29, 2015
Amnesty International carried out a visit in the Dominican Republic from 14 to 27
June 2015, with the aim of assessing the situation of people who were deprived of
their Dominican nationality by the ruling 168-13 of the Constitutional Court. The
visit also aimed at advocating with the Dominican authorities to avoid the
expulsions of those people and other human rights violations.
Amnesty International thanks the Dominican authorities for their availability to
meet with the organization’s delegates, to provide information and to engage in a
Amnesty International has documented for years the human rights violations
occurring in the Dominican Republic as a consequence of the deprivation of
identity documents that has left thousands of people in a legal limbo affecting
their lives in multiple ways and preventing them to exercise their human rights.
Amnesty International acknowledges that Law 169-14 has sought to provide for a
solution to a number of Dominican-born people of Haitian descent who had been
denied for years of their identity documents, including those made stateless by
the 2013 Constitutional Court ruling.
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