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Over 500 Ex-Peace Corps Volunteers Demand Justice in DR

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2015 Contact: Nery Espinosa, 214-263-1294, Citing Human Rights Abuses, Over 500 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Urge Sec. Kerry to Suspend Military Aid to Dominican Republic Read the letter here: ****** Washington, DC– More than 550 returned volunteers and three former Country Directors who served in Peace Corps Dominican Republic are taking the unprecedented step of calling for the United States to suspend aid to the Dominican military amid an international outcry over the Dominican government’s naturalization laws, which effectively stripped hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship. Dominican security forces have received more than $17.5 million in U.S. aid and training in the past two years. The Dominican military is to officially implement the citizenship laws, which violate international human rights treaties, starting this month. In a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State John Kerry, the returned […]

Dominican Episcopal Conference Concerned About Haitian Descendents and Migrants

The National Commission of the Ministry for Migrants (CNPM), a subgroup of the Dominican Episcopal Conference, released a statement urging Haiti and the Dominican Republic to coexist peacefully on their shared island. The CNPM acknowledges concern over the plight of Haitian descendents and migrants in the Dominican Republic and other vulnerable groups who have not yet received their documents, encouraging Dominican authorities to assist these individuals in completing the registrations. A section from the English translation is posted below. Click HERE for the full translation in English. Click HERE for the original document, in Spanish. Haiti-DR: From tension to harmony Comisión Nacional de Pastoral de Migrantes-CED July 31, 2015 Bilateral and dangerous factors from outside our island converge in current spector of Haiti-DR tensions. Without denying the responsibilities of the two countries who share the island, the National Commission of […]

Migrants and Dominicans of Haitian Descent at Risk of Deportation

In September 2013, the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court issued a ruling that redefined its conditions for citizenship, putting Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent at risk of deportation and statelessness. A research team at Johns Hopkins University recently released a report about the potential effects of the Dominican government’s actions and its problematic implementation. It also includes policy recommendations to address immigration and citizenship issues amidst the tense historical relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic and the “unfavorable” political climate on the ground. The report is the product of an academic yearlong experiential learning course in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Click HERE for the full document. Justice Derailed: The Uncertain Fate of Haitian Migrants and Dominicans of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic International Human Rights Clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies […]

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