This video features Nancy Morisseau of Haitian Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) discussing the human rights violations currently occurring in the Dominican Republic. In September 2013, the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court issued a ruling which retroactively stripped citizenship from tens to a few hundred thousands of people, mostly of Haitian descent. Since then, thousands of people have fled and thousands have been deported. Camps with very poor conditions have formed on the border between DR and Haiti. Nancy explains the background that paved the way for this situation, what has happened since then, and legal issues with DR’s actions. NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. Part II of Webinar Series: Haiti National Black Law Students Association February 25, 2016
The situation for Dominicans of Haitian descent really came to international attention when a DR Constitutional Court passed a law that left hundreds of thousands stateless. Since then, DR has created a plan for nationalization but the majority of stateless people were still left out. At the urging of a few New York State Assembly members and many human rights advocates, the Assembly has adopted a resolution that condemns DR’s treatment of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Hopefully this is a step towards ending these human rights violations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. NYS Assembly Passes Resolution Condemning DR Ruling The Haitian Times May 6, 2015 The New York State Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte announced on Tuesday. The bill states that New […]
February 26, 2015 In conjunction with a rally and vigil demanding respect for human rights of Haitian-descended Dominicans, the Haitian American Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) delivered a letter to the Dominican Consulate General. In it, HALANY and the co-signers (including IJDH) express concern about recent judicial and governmental decisions in the DR, as well as anti-Haitian acts in DR. They also urge the Dominican Republic government to respect its domestic and international human rights obligations, like the American Convention on Human Rights. Click HERE for a pdf of the letter, in English and Spanish.