“Heads of government condemned what they perceive as the makings of a grave humanitarian crisis in the region and welcomed the statement of the United Nations secretary-general at the opening ceremony, underlining the importance of respect for human rights and for the human dignity of the persons caught up in this deteriorating situation,” the 15-nation grouping said in its statement.
The regional leaders who have already indicated to the Dominican Republic that they will blank its application for full membership in the grouping said they were disappointed that Dominican authorities have backpedaled on an undertaking announced during a high-level meeting in Europe in recent weeks to handle the issue differently.
“Heads of government expressed their abhorrence and outrage with respect to the treatment of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic. This human rights situation is exacerbated as the tempo of so-called voluntary repatriation gathers pace in unregulated conditions resulting from pressures and the threat of violence as well as the absence of a revised bilateral framework between Haiti and the Dominican Republic that the latter has been unwilling to conclude,” the communique stated. via | New York Amsterdam News