Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

2 Years Later, DR Hasn’t Helped the Stateless

It is now two years since the Dominican Republic (DR) Constitutional Court issued a ruling that stripped citizenship from Dominicans of immigrant descent, all the way back to 1929. This ruling left hundreds of thousands who were born in DR stateless, as they were considered Dominican since their birth. The vast majority of this population, and those facing discrimination and deportation, are Haitian. After facing continued backlash from the international community (human rights groups in particular), DR still has barely done anything to rectify the situation and restore citizenship to the stateless. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights spoke out on this issue. Part of the statement is below. Click HERE for the full text. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Calls on the Dominican Republic to Restore Citizenship Rights to Dominicans of Haitian Descent on the Second Anniversary of Judgment 168-13 […]

Residency deadline leaves thousands vulnerable to deportation

As a consequence of a residency deadline, thousands of people of Haitian descent who have had their Dominican citizenship’s revoked are left vulnerable to deportation. Human rights groups and foreign governments continue to lobby the Dominican government to protect the individuals at risk of deportation by granting them provisional rights. However, the Dominican Republic remains under scrutiny by human rights organizations as it proceeds to use people of Haitian descent and migrants as “convenient political scapegoat[s].” Dominican citizenship deadline approaches amid fears Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald  January 30, 2015 Human rights groups say tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent but stripped of their Dominican citizenship by the Dominican Republic’s highest court could be at risk of deportations after a residency deadline takes effect Sunday. Fewer than 7,000 individuals who were born to undocumented foreign parents and never had […]

RFK Memorial takes treasury department to court To determine US role in denying loans vital to Haiti’s perilous public health

By the The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights Haiti-USA-Health: RFK Memorial takes treasury department to court to determine US role in denying loans vital to Haiti’s perilous public health The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights asked a federal court today to order the U.S. Treasury Department to reveal records of its role in suspending loans destined for vital public health projects in Haiti. The RFK Center filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request almost three years ago seeking correspondence and documents related to Treasury’s intervention with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on infrastructure loans to Haiti. After Treasury’s intervention, the IDB made an unprecedented about-face, and refused to disburse loans previously approved for Haiti in 2001. Despite repeated requests and modifications of RFK Center’s FOIA request, the Treasury Department has not provided a […]

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