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Haiti - Social : Reactions of the MHAVE facing the situation of the Haitians in Dominican Republic
25/01/2011 15:02:39

Haiti - Social : Reactions of the MHAVE facing the situation of the Haitians in Dominican Republic
The Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) has noted, and this since the beginning of 2011, a systematic intensification of military operations of Haitian nationals deportations under the cover of control measures relating to cholera. More than 3,000 in less than a month according to Dominican official sources.

As part of its mission, the MHAVE after having sharing with the relevant authorities in Port au Prince, its worries and concerns regarding a growing trend to the stigmatization of Haitian immigrants in this important host country, has launched an information campaign on this disease in the Haitian community.

In context the post-earthquake in Haiti, which has given rise to a positive turning point unprecedented in the Haiti-Dominican relations, in particular the revival of the work of the Mixed Commission and a revival of trade and economic relations favorable to the Dominican Republic, the MHAVE judge urgent a revision of the bilateral conditions under which these operations are performed, which do not correspond to any mechanisms agreed between the two states for repatriation.

It should be noted, in this regard, the testimony of several citizens deported, citing beatings, humiliating persecutions on public roads, separation of families, loss of property and goods. A situation that affects the peace of mind of regular residents and Dominicans of Haitian descent, members of an laborious community, including investors, university students and professional managers.

The MHAVE, in this case, expresses its full solidarity to the migrant workers and street vendors whose the use of public transport has been refused and to the humble families ,who had to leave their place of residence, facing threats of persecution fueled by positioning of some influential people of the world media.

However, the MHAVE highlights the efforts of some Dominican authorities, religious leaders and executives of NGOs in organizing community meetings to calm the spirits. And the care received by Haitian nationals affected by cholera in hospitals.

However, unlike the deportations carried out by other countries in coordination with the Haitian government, remittances made by the Dominican Republic raise frequently, for over a decade, legitimate criticism of human rights groups insular and international. In this sense, the last operations were performed, it should be noted, outside the norms established by the bilateral agreement protocol of December 1999 on the mechanisms of repatriation, particularly in regard to the schedule, the consular assistance and the possibility of an adequate reception of returnees at the border of Haiti.

Furthermore, in most cases, the return of the repatriated in the Dominican Republic through the human trafficking at the border, reveals , the weaknesses of the control systems of both countries and the inefficiencies of these operations more prejudicial to the harmonious relations between the two nations, that the achievement of the objectives sought by the Dominican authorities.

Pending the resumption of veritable negotiations which should lead to the signing of a comprehensive immigration agreement, the MHAVE encourages the strengthening of the dialogue betwenn Haiti and the Dominican Republic, for an enlargement of the tripartite agreement on repatriation of 1999, with the participation of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as is already the case between Haiti and Cuba.

Finally, the MHAVE, following the survey conducted by the Consulate of Haiti Dajabon, wishes to make a formal denial on a news broadcast a few days ago by some Haitian media, relayed on the Internet, about the alleged killing of 10 merchants Haitians aboard a bus of a private company of public transport. This type of information not verified, can only worsen relations between Dominicans and Haitians, two sister nations that share the island and which must absolutely deepen the path of the peaceful coexistence for the benefit of the development and the progress of these two communities.

The MHAVE, together with other organs of the Haitian State directly concerned, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) reiterated its willingness to the effective protection of the rights of Haitians living abroad, while ensuring that they perform their duties in the different host societies, in particular the Dominican Republic.

Edwin PARAISON, Minister

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