Hundreds are speaking out against the Dominican Republic’s human rights violations, taking to Twitter and Facebook to denounce its laws that strip citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent. DR’s policy redefines the terms of Dominican citizenship to exclude children born to illegal immigrants since 1929. Now, many people around the world refuse to support the Dominican Republic until the government ameliorates the crisis on the ground, and they are using a tourism boycott as a source of pressure to encourage this action.
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Dominican Republic fears tourism boycott over citizenship ruling
Yamiche Alcindore, USA Today
July 31, 2015
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Jude Payoute of Atlanta tried to cancel his $6,000 family vacation here after learning about calls to boycott this Caribbean nation for denying citizenship to thousands of Haitian descendants.
“I’m ashamed to tell my friends I’m here,” said Payoute, 64, a native Haitian who immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, as he walked around Santo Domingo’s 16th-century city. “It’s wrong for me to come here supporting the economy of the Dominican Republic because they are racist and they have no decency and they treat people like trash.”
Such strong feelings could force this country to pay a steep price in its dispute with neighboring Haiti if sought-after tourists decide to spend their vacations at other nearby Caribbean islands
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