Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Excluded from Voting Through Discriminatory Laws

In 2015, the Dominican Republic (DR) got international backlash for new regulations that stripped citizenship from over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. In response, DR created a law to help these people back to full citizenship, but only a small fraction were able to make it through the bureaucratic hurdles. Now, the majority are not only unable to vote but part of the group (Group B) may have no way to attain citizenship, as these people were forced to register as foreigners and obtain a foreign ID, though they were born in DR. While political candidates continue to avoid these issues, is working to make sure that they can come into public dialogue so that Dominicans of Haitian descent, especially those in Group B, can exercise their right to vote and even run for public office to protect their rights in the future. […]

Stories of Dominicans and Haitians Affected by DR’s Discriminatory Citizenship Policies

Haiti and the Dominican Republic have had a tense relationship since colonial times but that tension began to boil over in 2010 and 2013 when discriminatory policies led to tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent becoming stateless. From a woman who quickly regained her citizenship to a man who can’t wait to get back to Haiti but can’t afford it, this article tells the stories of Haitians, Dominicans, and those who are now legally neither. Throughout, racism and discrimination and even imperialism play clear roles but remain un-addressed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Faces of a divided island How centuries of racism and fear shaped the people of two nations — and echo through a modern-day crisis Mariano Castillo, CNN April 13, 2016 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN) — The anti-immigrant rhetoric on the radio, in […]

People Stripped of Dominican Citizenship Fill Border Camps in Haiti

Tensions between Dominican Republic and Haiti have historically been quite high, even though Haitian workers make significant contributions to DR’s economy. Following a 2013 Constitutional Court ruling which retroactively stripped citizenship from descendants of immigrants, thousands of people of Haitian descent were deported or fled to Haiti. Now, those people are trying to make a life in camps on the Haitian side of the border. Many of them have no job prospects and no significant ties to a country they haven’t been in for years, if ever. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. For background info on what’s happening in DR, click HERE. Deported From Their Own Country Jacob Kushner, TakePart March 11, 2016 FOND BAYARD, Haiti—On April 28, 2009, Julia Antoine gave birth to a girl in a hospital in the town of Los […]

UN Report Makes Important Recommendations on Education in Haiti

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has released a groundbreaking report in education in Haiti. In the report, the Committee emphasizes the importance of free quality education and reminds the Haitian government of its responsibilities regulating education. For only the second time ever (the previous time being in a Brazil report), the Committee also addresses structural discrimination. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Haiti: United Nations report puts for-profit education on the side-lines Education International February 18, 2016 The Committee on the Rights of the Child, a United Nations body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, has shown great concern over the access and quality of education in Haiti through the publication of its latest report on the country. Discrimination, […]

Amnesty International Seeks Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme Director

GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND IDENTITY – PROGRAMME DIRECTOR (1371) Whatever a person’s gender, sexuality, race, religion or any other identity tag, no-one should be discriminated against on the basis of who they are. No one should have their rights violated because of their identity, or because they defend the human rights of others. That’s why we’re committed to ending human rights abuses on the basis of identity, and ending the prejudice and discrimination that fuel such abuses. It’s pioneering work – and it’ll be down to you to lead the way.  About the role In this highly influential role, you’ll shape and develop our strategies, policies, research and advocacy on gender, sexual orientation and other forms of identity-based discrimination – making us the recognised authority on human rights abuses grounded in such discrimination. Doing this successfully means working with people across […]

Community Letter Against Holding OAS Meeting in DR

The Organization of American States (OAS) recently decided to hold its 46th General Assembly meeting in the Dominican Republic (DR), despite the ongoing human rights abuses against people of Haitian descent happening there. As members of OAS, CARICOM has the power to stand against OAS’ decision. In this letter, 120 organizations and individuals urge CARICOM to oppose holding the meeting in DR. They also ask CARICOM to once again stand up against DR’s discriminatory practices by making the current situation there a topic on the meeting agenda. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. February 10, 2016 Via E-Mail His Excellency Irwin LaRocque Secretary General Caribbean Community Ambassador Colin Granderson Assistant Secretary General Caribbean Community RE: OPEN LETTER – Community Response to the Organization of American States Holding the 46th General Assembly Meeting in the Dominican […]

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