Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc (FANM)
Haitian Women of Miami
June 23, 2015
What: March To Protest Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Deportations in the Dominican Republic!
Who: FANM/Haitian Women of Miami, Haitian League for Human Rights, Veye Yo, Florida Immigrant Coalition: Unite Here, SEIU 1199, Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition, Haitian Lawyers Association, Power U, South Florida Progressive Jewish Action and a host of other organizations!
When: Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Time: 3-5 PM
In the coming days, over 250,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian Descent could be stateless! As the horrific moment in our history continues to unfold the international community has remained completely silent on the inhumane treatments of Blacks in the Dominican Republic.
It is time that we stand with our sisters and brothers to DEMAND that the Dominican Government STOP THE MASS DEPORTATIONS!
Join us this Thursday, June 25th at 2 PM. We will be marching from the Dominican Republic Consulate 1038 Brickell Avenue to the Consulat Général d’Haiti to demand that the Haitian Government take action to protect the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian workers in the Dominican Republic.
We also encourage you to join the hundreds of organizations that have signed on to an Open Letter to Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina at http://bit.ly/HaitianLivesMatter . Said human rights lawyer Meena Jagannath “As the threat of mass deportations looms, the Dominican Republic government is taking advantage of a climate of fear to encourage people of Haitian descent to leave of their own accord, as if that is an acceptable solution. The fact that the Dominican government is providing buses for voluntary departures is no less racist, and nothing short of a complete nullification of the Constitutional Court’s ruling No. 168-13 will suffice to stem the anti-Haitian, anti-Black hatred that this ruling represents.” (emphasis added)
“It is surprising that this grave humanitarian crisis is unfolding less than a thousand miles away from the U.S. and there is complete silence from President Obama, the State Department, the U.N. and U.S. elected leaders with the exception of a few. This is one of the biggest atrocities of our time, and any U.S. or Haitian leader who cannot come out to publicly denounce it does not deserve our votes” added Marleine Bastien, Executive Director of FANM. (emphasis added)
Our recommendations to the Dominican Government are the following:
▪ Take all permissible actions to minimize the adverse impact of Constitutional Court ruling No. 168-13
▪ Create a clear path for Dominicans of Haitian descent to regain their citizenship
▪ Stop all mass deportations to Haiti
▪ Afford Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic the rights of due process
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