Amnesty International: Dominican Republic must retract ruling that could leave thousands stateless

Amnesty International says the Dominican Republic should not implement a Constitutional Court ruling that could leave hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent (mostly Haitians) stateless. If implemented in this way, the ruling would violate the Dominican's Republic human rights obligations.

Domimican Immigration Officials Chasing Haitians
Domimican Immigration Officials Chasing Haitians

This court ruling also contravenes a 2005 landmark decision of the Inter-American Court for Human Rights and breaks a basic principle of law, explicitly stated in Dominican Constitution, which prohibits retroactive application of the law.

Ahhh... Hahhh... So the Dominican constitution prohibits RETROACTIVE application of the law... I wonder why the constitutional court decided to go overlook this one!

As they say in Haiti: "Kontitisyon se papye!" LOL...

"The full implementation of this ruling will have a devastating impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people whose identity documents would be cancelled and, therefore, would see many of their human rights - freedom of movement, education, work and access to healthcare - totally denied," said Chiara Liguori, Amnesty International researcher on the Caribbean.

Read the full article here.

One more thing you should know...

86% of the people who would be affected by this ruling are of Haitian decent!

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Nap Kite Sa says...

Bon, se peyi yo. Yo gen droit di e fe sa yo vle men yo dwe peye konsekens lan. Sen Doming pral dedomage Haitian yo si ke yo vle yo kite payi yo. Dedomangemen an pat pral piti tou. Nou dwe akceptel an mem tan chache yon solution pou problem sa

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Patrick says...

Yon ti peyi tankou Saint Domingue, koté peyi la a ki pou tap fè tout intérésante sa yo avek Haitien yo?

D'après sa ki passé a sé pou Président Martelly avek Lamorthe rélé tout Président yo ki pat réglé anyin nan pays d'Haïti et ensemble a toutes alcoholic parey yo, mété yo sou place public bò la rue en Haïti pou chak Haïtien passé pran yo ak sabò.

Min-m mwen, sim en Haïti, map passé pran yo a

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Ash says...

This is crazy and stupid because Haiti and dominican republic used to be one once therefore most Dominicans will have somehow a Haitian descendant.

Human want to change everything but they do not realize history go pretty deep.

I wish them good

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Patrick Gaspard says...

C'est un nonsens absolu.

Peut etre une survivance de la politique des annees trente (reppelons nous les vepres dominicaines en 1937).

Toutefois nous avons notre part de responsabilite.

Ces dominicains d'origine Haitienne ne seraient pas dans cette situation si nos responsables avaient eu le soucis d'assurer a TOUS LES CITOYENS les l'opportunite et les moyens de vivre decemment dans leur

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