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Stateless Dominicans Still Face Fears of Deportation

Racial tensions have been increasing between Haiti and the Dominican Republic for decades and many fear that over 100,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent may soon be deported. This article describes the current and past conflicts related to immigration, statelessness and racism, which have led us to this point. Fate of Haitians left hanging in the Dominican Republic Hisham Ali, Al Jazeera April 9, 2015 On March 17, the Dominican Republic reopened its consulates in Haiti after weeks of tension and negotiations. The diplomatic outposts had been closed two weeks earlier after thousands of people in the Haitian capital marched from the foreign ministry to the Dominican embassy, protesting the killing of a Haitian man a few days earlier in Santiago, a city in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. Young men climbed the roof of the diplomatic building in Port-au-Prince and – […]

Can Human Rights Be an “Affront” to DR’s Sovereignty?

In September 2013, a Dominican Republic Constitutional Court issued a ruling that left up to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and immigrant descendents stateless. At the end of October 2014, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) ruled that DR is responsible for these people’s suffering. The DR then rejected the decision, arguing that the IACtHR’s decision jeopardizes DR’s sovereignty. This article explains how that stance is illogical and puts this vulnerable population at risk. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. National Sovereignty Vs Human Rights? Robin Guittard, The Huffington Post UK November 12, 2014 Faced with an Inter-American Court of Human Rights decision that recognized the suffering of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants, the only response that the Dominican Republic could muster was to start shouting in defence of its national sovereignty. What […]

Dominican Republic Puts Vulnerable Citizens at Risk

A recent ruling by the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court could lead to DR’s withdrawal from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This follows continued controversy over a September 2013 ruling that stripped thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their rights. Now, advocates fear that these and other vulnerable citizens will be even more at risk without an international body to turn to when their rights aren’t respected at home. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dominican Republic: Withdrawal from top regional human rights court would put rights at risk Amnesty International November 6, 2014 The appalling ruling by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court that could to lead to the country’s withdrawal from the Inter American Court of Human Rights would, if supported by the government, deprive hundreds of thousands of survivors of human rights abuses from […]

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 […]

No End in Sight for Dominicans in Limbo

The author tells the story of stateless Dominicans through that of Franklin Jaque José, a Dominican of Haitian descent whose life has been on hold for 12 years because of his ancestry. Although many human rights organizations have called on the Dominican government to rectify the situation caused by the September 2013 immigration ruling, President Medina doesn’t seem to be taking any action. Life in limbo for Dominicans of Haitian descent Robin Guittard,  CNN April 21, 2014 “I don’t feel free,” Franklin Jaque José told me. “You’re in a circle where they get you trapped.” Franklin is just one of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent who face significant legal barriers that prevent them from going about their day-to-day lives. Over the last decade, Franklin says he has not been able to continue his education, has had to leave school, and […]

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