Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Analysis of DR Court Ruling & Anti-Haitian History

This very detailed article describes the recent court ruling that strips Dominican-born Haitians’ citizenship, in light of the Dominican Republic’s history of anti-Haitian sentiment. It includes petitions, videos, and even a poem.  Part of the article is pasted below.  Click here for the full version. If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic By Denise Oliver Velez, Daily Kos October 20, 2013 attribution: REUTERS Policiia Ovilsen (top, L), a Haitian-born immigrant to the Dominican Republic in 1940, poses outside her home with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, in Batey La Higuera, in the eastern Seibo province, October 7, 2013 ——————————- The decision by the high court in the Dominican Republic to declare anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000 Dominicans who may have Haitian ancestry “not citizens” with a start date of birth of 1929 is […]

Jobs and Justice: Raising the Floor on Worker Rights and Wages in Haiti

by Beverly Bell, Alexis Erkert, and Deepa Panchang, Daily Kos May 23, 2013  Over the past few weeks in this article series, we’ve heard firsthand from Haitian garment workers about low wages, sexual abuse, labor rights violations, and work-related injuries they suffered in sweatshops. Meanwhile, the world has watched the death toll in last month’s factory collapse in Bangladesh creep to above 1,100. Global activists have joined the calls of protesting workers, ramping up pressure on clothing retailers against the regular mistreatment and deaths of workers. Slowly, the public is realizing that exploitation within the garment assembly industry is not the exception, it’s the rule. Today, we take a deep dive into the economics of this sector in Haiti to look at how it has come to be, and at what alternative pathways might look like. In discussions among foreigners […]

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