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DR Government Shuns Junot Diaz for Opposing Deportations

In summer 2015, international attention was again on the Dominican Republic as deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants loomed. Dominican author Junot Díaz joined the chorus of voices speaking out against this human rights violation and now, a Dominican consul has spoken out against him. The consul, Eduardo Selman, has called Díaz “antidominicano” and DR has also stripped Díaz of the Order of Merit it awarded him in 2009. This is part of a broader campaign by the DR government to dissuade activists speaking up for human rights.

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Author Junot Diaz stripped of honor after speaking out against the Dominican Republic

Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

October 23, 2015

He may be the toast of the literary world, but Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz is in trouble with his native country, the Dominican Republic.

According to reports in Spanish-language media, Díaz was accused Thursday of being “antidominicano” by the Dominican Republic’s consul in New York, Eduardo Selman. Díaz has also been stripped of the Order of Merit awarded to him by the Dominican Republic in 2009.

The accusation came after Díaz, along with Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat, went to Washington, D.C., to urge congressional leaders to take action on what they describe as a human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


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