Durandis: On Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Citizenship

The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic’s Sept. 23 ruling can be considered a cultural, social and political earthquake on the island of Hispaniola.

The ruling effectively takes citizenship away from 200,000 Dominicans born to Haitian parents, applying retroactively to those born in the country since 1929.

Its impact could be felt not only on the Caribbean island, but also throughout the modernized and ethical world, where human rights are considered sacred virtues.

My question is, how can any government denaturalize its own citizens, and force them to immerse themselves in a new culture and social values other than what they have known all their lives?

This is the exact implication of the court ruling for these more than 200,000 Dominicans with Haitian blood. via Caribbean Journal


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