CARIBBEAN: Jamaican group calls for boycott of Dominican Republic

By Jamaica Observer

Alando Terrelonge

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.”

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20 comments

  1. Hahahahaha...Jamaicans talking about human rights when they actually put Haitian refugees in cages like animals is like Hitler talking about how we should all love one another...great example for double standards

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  2. And I just want to know if all of you posting on this page are truly informed about this situation? It's easy to post a comment when you just hear what others and what the news say. Do you the time they have to complete the legal process? Do you know how many times the Dominican Republic have helped Haiti? Do you know that all over the world where you are not legal you can be deported? But It's better to blame the Dominican Republic for the Haitian tragedy. It's time to look back and see what have you done for Haiti. Do you really think that posting a comment in this page you're helping them? No way, you are not. You're just being part of problem and not of the solution. Do you know how many people is deported from the USA in a year? No, maybe you don't know and you don't care because we are talking about the USA. Haiti got its independence first than the Dominican Republic but what have they done to be better and protect its people? NOTHING. So, is time to stop pushing and blaming the Dominican Republic for Haiti's matters. Why instead of posting comments in this page don't you ask your goverment to HELP Haiti?

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  3. that would be a racist law

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  4. I am a Jamaican most Dominican think they are not Black 90% of Dominican are racist it is a shame. How would they felt if the USA stop all Dominican from playing baseball in the USA

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  5. BS you dont really know the situation i live in the usa and I see every week hundreds of dominicans deported back to DR cause in here dont matter if you were born here or not in the World just about 34 reconized the plp who born in their country as a citizen we r not the exception just one of the all. Usa and europe r the main respomsible of the problems of Haití they should go to the country and help them not un

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  6. You people are so jealous about Dominican Republic you don't know the politician is Sabau genesis we are letting speak Spanish we cannot put whole Haiti country inside our country

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  7. Racism on display. We need world reaction, condemnation and or punishment

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  8. The people born in DR, who say they don't have papers, readddd...... If that's the case all island should be vacated cause clearly your descendants aren't from the Caribbean.

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  9. so when any other country exercise their law is ok but when is Dominican republic OOOOH BOY this guys are racist!
    you don't have your documents in order you have to leave like in any other country, like Trinidad y Tobago did and they didnt even bother on giving the opportunity to natiolice they just kick ever Haitian out in a heart beat

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  10. EE.UU., Spain, and other countries do the same, so why the problemm is with DR?T&T are deporting dominicans,i understand you want our tourims, but you have to work hard to get it.

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  11. Dominican Republic is a free country so, nobody have to come and tell us what we have to do or no.

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  12. You can say what you want to say, but in our country we do what we want,of course you are interest in our tourism, you dont care about haitians come on!

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  13. These racist bastards, I'm a saint lucian leaving in the USA and whenever I come across racism its always a freaking domican republican, cause they constantly mistake my accent for a that of a hatian, its so sad!!! Hatians have to raise they voice and fight for their rights and put these dam DR's to rest. Haiti be strong soon u will not be everyone's guinea pig!!!

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  14. i am haitian, and i feel very concerned about what's happening in dominican republic where my haitian brothers are currently being tortured, killed for no reason, humiliated and deported like they were animals. I am sad to read or either to watch how the Haitians are treated there. Today i wanna thank first st lucia news online for that release to boycott the dominicans. I believe its a fair decision if we start to make them feel how it feels to be mistreated. I would like the whole word participate in that exclusivity. It's time to show respect to all the haitians all over the world.

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  15. These Peopthey should boycott travelling to that country and their goods too. These people are born indrep. Who are tey ?

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  16. YES BAN THE IMPORTATION OF STEEL FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

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  17. i agree also

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  18. Bs. Take care of your own problems before calling for boycots. Dominican republic has the right to deport like any other country. Where were you when bahamas deported and still deporting hundreds of haitians

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  19. I agree

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