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US Must Act to End the Statelessness Crisis in DR

Earlier this month, over 500 former Peace Corps volunteers wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the US to end military aid to the Dominican Republic (DR), in order to pressure DR to reverse the policies that led to the current citizenship crisis. In the article below, one of those former volunteers describes his experience in DR and how the High Court decision that sparked the crisis strained relations between Haitians and Dominicans. He emphasizes the structural issues that have led to many Dominicans being wrongly categorized as Haitians, as well as the need for the US to act to end the crisis. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Why I want to end military aid to the Dominican Republic, a country I love Kaveh Azimi, Antillean Media Group August 20, 2015 Shortly after […]

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Ask US Govt to Cease Aid to DR

Hundreds of returned Peace Corps volunteers who have served in the Dominican Republic since 1962 join together to demand the U.S. abide by its principles and pressure the Dominican government to ameliorate its citizenship crisis. In a powerful letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 560 returned volunteers and 3 former country directors ask for the U.S. to act in accord with the Leahy laws, which call for suspension of aid to foreign security forces engaged in human rights violations. The letter notes as evidence the U.S. State Department’s own reports that Dominican security forces engage in rights violations, such as extrajudicial killings and torture. An excerpt from the article is posted below. Click HERE for the full article. Click HERE for the original letter. Ex-Peace Corps volunteers unite for U.S. action on Dominican immigration policies Mariano Castillo, CNN August […]

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 […]

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