How to deal with the Dominican Republic – JamaicaObserver.com

AJ-UNDRThe Government of the Dominican Republic, we see, is dead set on creating a humanitarian disaster with the deportation to Haiti of hundreds of thousands of people born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian immigrants.

Based on news reports, the deportations are scheduled to begin this week despite international outrage at what many regard as a policy grounded in racism.

Just to refresh readers’ memories, in 2010 legislators in the Dominican Republic amended the constitution to limit citizenship to descendants of legal immigrants.

Then, in September 2013 a Constitutional Court applied the change to the year 1929.

The upshot is that more than 200,000 people who were either born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian immigrants, or who had moved there many years ago, have now been rendered stateless.

We have, in this space, repeatedly condemned the Dominican Republic for this despicable decision, and we have urged Santo Domingo to implement recommendations made by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to resolve the matter. via – JamaicaObserver.com


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