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Haitians at risk after unconscionable decision in DR – Editorials – MiamiHerald.com


The relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti has always been contentious, occasionally violent, but a recent immigration ruling by the a Dominican court marks a new low in the unfair treatement historically meted out to ethnic Haitians in that country.

Nearly two months ago, the Dominican Republic’s highest judicial body issued a ruling denying citizenship to generations of individuals of Haitian descent born in that country, a decision with disastrous consequences for tens of thousands living on Dominican soil. It cannot go unchallenged by the world community.

Every nation has a right to decide who deserves to claim citizenship, but the Dominican Republic cannot absolve itself of moral responsibility by merely declaring that its constitution does not automatically confer that right on anyone born in that country. via – MiamiHerald.com

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