By issuing a ruling that retroactively stripped Dominican citizenship all the way back to 1929, the Dominican Republic (DR) has created the largest group of stateless people in the Western Hemisphere. It is time for Congress to speak up on this ruling and other human rights violations that surround it. Dominicans of Haitian descent are being threatened and facing violence and many are forced to flee to Haiti, where they have no roots.
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Writers Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat: Stop Dominican Abuse of Haitians
The Stewardship Project
October 21, 2015
Washington D.C. Across the Dominican Republic, over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent are languishing in limbo following an inhumane ruling retroactively stripping them of citizenship, and the violence and intimidation that has followed. Now, many are afraid of being forced out of their communities and into squalid refugee camps along the Haitian border – like countless others – just because of their ethnicity.
Advocacy Day Background
A 2013 court ruling stripped over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship retroactively going as far back as 1929. The Dominican government has created the largest population of stateless people in the Western Hemisphere even as the Obama Administration continues to provide them with aid. Furthermore, the Dominican Republic continues to systematically disenfranchise and target Dominicans of Haitian descent, rather than allowing them to fully contribute to the country of their birth.
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