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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, today called on Caricom member States to protect the human rights of some 250,000 Haitian Dominicans in the Dominican Republic.
Their call comes as a result of the Government of the Dominican Republic passing a law, which could make citizens, born of Haitian descent after 1929, stateless.
“The law essentially means that people of Haitian descent, who were born and raised in the Dominican Republic, will no longer be considered Dominicans,” G2K said in a release.
According to G2K’s legal advisor, Alando Terrelonge, “The law perpetuates xenophobia and is aimed at ‘cleansing’ DR of its black nationals by stripping them of their citizenship and deporting them to Haiti. The actions being taken by the government of the Dominican Republic are in clear violation of human rights. We are duty bound to act to protect the lives of our Caribbean brothers and citizens.”
Haiti became a full member State of Caricom on July 2, 2002 while the Dominican Republic is listed as a Caricom ‘observer State’ and is a major trade partner of countries in the region.
The Inter-American Human Rights Court ruling handed down on October 22, 2014, ordered the Dominican court to amend its laws to recognise the citizenship of those born in that country.
Terrelonge noted, “Until the Government of the Dominican Republic respects the rights of all its nationals, including those of Haitian descent, Caricom nations and the rest of the international community should boycott travel to the Dominican Republic as well as boycott goods produced in that country.”