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Une existence menacé pour les Haïtiens au RD

La loi dominicaine, crée en 2013 et visant aux étrangers dans le pays, spécifiquement les haïtiens, ont eu le résultat des expulsions en masse. De juin 2015 à mai 2016, 106,000 haïtiens ont été expulsé ou ont quitté, maintenant beaucoup d’autres sont menacés avec cette possibilité. Une part de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Plus de 130,000 Haïtiens menacés d’expulsion de République dominicaine FranceTV le 21 juin 2016 En un an, de juin 2015 à mai 2016, 106.000 Haïtiens ont déjà été expulsés ou ont quitté la République dominicaine. Les relations entre deux pays qui se partagent l’île caribéenne d’Hispaniola ont toujours été difficiles, envenimées par l’immigration illégale d’Haïtiens en République dominicaine.Face au tollé provoqué par une décision de la Haute cour de justice dominicaine qui, fin 2013, a retiré la nationalité dominicaine aux citoyens d’origine étrangère nés après […]

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 […]

People Fleeing DR Lack Support from Haitian and US Governments

This article does an excellent job of explaining the crisis currently unfolding as tens of thousands of Dominicans and Haitians leave the Dominican Republic (DR) for fear of violence from their neighbors. It describes the historic conflicts between DR and Haiti that led up to the current animosity between the two countries, and the current lack of support from the Haitian government to the people now living in border camps. As DR officially began mass deportations last week, many fear that the situation will become much worse. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. The Culture of Fear Fueling the Dominican Deportation Crisis George Altshuler, The American Prospect August 23, 2015 I left the Dominican Republic because people said they would kill all the Haitians,” said Mona Jermin in Haitian Kreyòl. “Now I have nothing.” Two […]

Potential Tourists Exert Pressure on DR Through Boycott

Hundreds are speaking out against the Dominican Republic’s human rights violations, taking to Twitter and Facebook to denounce its laws that strip citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent. DR’s policy redefines the terms of Dominican citizenship to exclude children born to illegal immigrants since 1929. Now, many people around the world refuse to support the Dominican Republic until the government ameliorates the crisis on the ground, and they are using a tourism boycott as a source of pressure to encourage this action. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the original article. Dominican Republic fears tourism boycott over citizenship ruling Yamiche Alcindore, USA Today July 31, 2015 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Jude Payoute of Atlanta tried to cancel his $6,000 family vacation here after learning about calls to boycott this Caribbean nation for denying citizenship to thousands of Haitian descendants. “I’m ashamed […]

Activists Nationwide Urge President Obama to Take Stand on DR

More and more activists and human rights groups are joining together to demand that international governments, particularly the Obama administration, take a stand against impending deportations from the Dominican Republic. After a registration deadline (which was extremely difficult to meet) passed on July 17, the Dominican government promised to begin deporting unregistered people starting August 1. Most of these people are of Haitian descent. Some fear that the Obama administration will not take a stand against this human rights crisis because of the US’ own practices of deporting people of Haitian descent. Black Activists Pressure Obama To Defend Stateless Dominicans Groups accuse U.S. officials of ignoring a racially motivated human rights crisis just off its shores. Roque Planas, The Huffington Post July 30, 2015 NEW YORK — Black activists and immigrant groups across the country are pressing the Obama administration to take a […]

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