Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Assoc. of Black Anthropologists’ Statement on DR Immigration Ruling

The ABA condemns the Constitutional Court Ruling, calls on the DR government to create a law countermanding the ruling, and affirms its solidarity with the Haitian people. ABA Statement on The Dominican Republic Association of Black Anthropologists January 2014 The Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) condemns the recent ruling by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court on September 23, 2013 (Ruling 0168-13), which has created a volatile human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic. As other outraged organizations like Amnesty International, CARICOM (Caribbean Community), the Haitian Studies Association, theNational Bar Association, and the governments of Guyana,Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have observed, the court ruling does the following: It strips citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic where nationality is conferred by place of birth; It denies Dominican children of Haitian descent the right to an identity and nationality; […]

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