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Refugee Crisis Begins on DR-Haiti Border

A refugee crisis is developing on the border of the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti as thousands of people of Haitian descent flee discrimination and threats in DR. In 2013, the DR government issued a ruling that retroactively stripped citizenship from descendants of immigrants born in the country all the way back to 1929. This left hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless and when most were unable to meet difficult registration deadlines, DR promised to begin deporting them. Facing the threat of sudden deportation, along with harassment and threats from their neighbors, thousands packed their belongings and moved to Haiti. Large camps have formed on the border, full of people who have no resources, no support, and often no family ties. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. [OP ED] The Other […]

Statelessness Continues in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is still taking away ID cards from Dominicans of Haitian descent, leaving them without any citizens’ rights, which include education, voting, and owning property. Although the international community has called on the Dominican government to solve this problem created by a September 2013 ruling, the government has done nothing and deportations continue. “I’m a nobody in my own country” – stateless woman fights for rights in Dominican Republic Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation May 13, 2014 Juliana Deguis and her family pictured near their home in Monte Plata, 45km northeast of Dominican Republic’s capital Santo Domingo. Photo courtesy of rights group MOSCTHA BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Juliana Deguis was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in the Caribbean country her entire life. It is the only home she has ever known. But she can’t vote, get […]

The Struggles of Sugarcane Workers in DR

This article paints a dismal picture of the life of Haitian sugarcane workers. This material has also been evaluated by the US Department of Labour in order to issue a public report about new forms of slavery. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full article. Prisoners of Sugar Raùl Zecca Castel, University of Milan May 2014 To be born in Haiti, in 80 percent of cases, means being destined to live under the line of extreme poverty. And in the best of cases, evidently not for very long. Life expectancy is barely above 60 years and the infant mortality rate is ranked as one of the highest in the world. The unemployment sits at around 40 percent and four years after the earthquake, which caused more than 300 thousand deaths and left one million children orphaned, Haiti […]

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