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Congresswoman Wilson Comments on DR Denationalization Anniversary

For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: September 23, 2016                                                       Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on the Third Anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s Decision to strip Citizenship from Dominicans of Foreign Descent Today marks the third anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship, the majority of whom are of Haitian descent. They are also being denied the legal rights and protections to which they were previously entitled. The court’s decision has created a devastating human rights crisis and an unprecedented level of statelessness. It is particularly devastating for children who can no longer attend school or seek medical care. According to a report from the International Organization for Migration, more than 100,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent […]

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Excluded from Voting Through Discriminatory Laws

In 2015, the Dominican Republic (DR) got international backlash for new regulations that stripped citizenship from over 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. In response, DR created a law to help these people back to full citizenship, but only a small fraction were able to make it through the bureaucratic hurdles. Now, the majority are not only unable to vote but part of the group (Group B) may have no way to attain citizenship, as these people were forced to register as foreigners and obtain a foreign ID, though they were born in DR. While political candidates continue to avoid these issues, is working to make sure that they can come into public dialogue so that Dominicans of Haitian descent, especially those in Group B, can exercise their right to vote and even run for public office to protect their rights in the future. […]

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 […]

Updates on and Legal Implications of DR Citizenship Crisis [video]

This video features Nancy Morisseau of Haitian Lawyers Association of New York (HALANY) discussing the human rights violations currently occurring in the Dominican Republic. In September 2013, the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court issued a ruling which retroactively stripped citizenship from tens to a few hundred thousands of people, mostly of Haitian descent. Since then, thousands of people have fled and thousands have been deported. Camps with very poor conditions have formed on the border between DR and Haiti. Nancy explains the background that paved the way for this situation, what has happened since then, and legal issues with DR’s actions. NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. Part II of Webinar Series: Haiti National Black Law Students Association February 25, 2016

Action contre l’apatridie créé par la republique dominicaine

Avec une décision discriminatoire en 2013, la République dominicaine a créé une des plus grandes populations apatrides dans le monde. La grande majorité des personnes touchées par l’arrêt sont d’origine haïtienne, mais beaucoup d’entre eux ne sont jamais allés en Haïti dans leur vie. Prendre des mesures contre cette grave violation des droits humains. Partie de la poste est ci dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Oui, j’existe. L’apatridie en République dominicaine Amnistie Internationale 11 fevrier 2016 « J’espérais que mes enfants auraient un meilleur avenir, mais sans papiers d’identité ce ne sera pas possible. » Une jeune Dominicaine d’origine haïtienne Le droit à une nationalité est un droit fondamental qui implique plusieurs autres droits connexes. Le fait d’être sans papiers empêche une personne de pouvoir quitter le pays afin de voyager, mais l’empêche aussi de pouvoir prendre part aux activités […]

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