Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Deportations from the Dominican Republic Set to Begin Soon

Between 100,000-500,000, and perhaps more, Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent are at imminent risk of deportation from the Dominican Republic. In September 2013, the Dominican government determined that children born to undocumented parents lacked formal Dominican citizenship, disproportionately affecting the large Haitian migrant population and their offspring. Since then, a moratorium has delayed deportations, but its impending expiration in the next few days would render hundreds of thousands of individuals stateless.

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We Regret to Inform You That in 4 Days You and Your Family Will Be Deported to Haiti

Greg Grandin, The Nation

June 12, 2015

Last week, I wrote that the Dominican Republic has summarily stripped over a hundred thousand Dominicans born in the DR of Haitian parents of their citizenship and is threatening to deport them to Haiti. And though initial reports suggested that the deadline for deportation might be delayed, it now seems to be going forward as planned: In four days, hundreds of thousands of people in the Western Hemisphere will become stateless.

Where is the US press? Why aren’t they covering it? And why the silence from human-rights groups? The main page of the Americas division of Human Rights Watch has three posts on Venezuela. Nothing on the Dominican Republic. HRW’s director Ken Roth is a prolific voice on Twitter—yet nothing on the topic since November 11, 2014 (but do a Twitter search for @KenRoth and Venezuela and bathe in the stream).

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