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12/03/2018 10:14:31

Haiti - Diplomacy : The future American ambassador in DR «ally» Haitians ?
Thursday the businesswoman Robin Bernstein and personal friend of the President of the United States, Donald Trump designated by this one, for the post of Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, was interrogated by the Senator Ben Cardin of the Senate Committee of the foreign affairs, who was doing his evaluation.

The Senator asked her whether she was aware of the decree 168-13 of the Dominican Constitutional Court in 2013 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9742-haiti-denationalization-reaction-of-mhave-to-the-dominican-decision.html which establishes that the children of foreigners in transit do not have the Dominican nationality which has affected the descendants of Haitians, by retroactively depriving them of the Dominican nationality "What will be your approach to ensure that these people regain their nationality ?"

Bernstein replied that human rights are very important to her, especially because her Jewish family left Russia for lack of respect for these rights "If I am confirmed, I will play a very active role with the staff of the Embassy [...] and I will try to restore the nationality of these people who are stateless [...] We will work with them to obtain a passport" ensuring that she will collaborate to this end with the Ambassador in Haiti.

On Friday, responding to Ms. Bernstein's statements, Chancellor of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, said that his country is free and sovereign and that he will not accept or accept any interference from another nation "We will wait for the arrival of the ambassador. Here we have no stateless person registered [...] our main mission is to defend our sovereignty and this is done within the framework of the Constitution and the laws. Each Nation has the right to manage its immigration status in the manner it deems most appropriate."

Asked if he thought the new US ambassador was biased, he said, "We have to wait for the new ambassador to arrive in the country, but we also have to analyze her statements in detail."

Recall that with its decree TC-168-13 making lose the Dominican nationality to thousands of Haitian descendants https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9834-haiti-denationalization-audit-results-of-dominican-civil-state-registers.html the Dominican Republic has always defended itself for making these people stateless by recalling many times that the Haitian Constitution in its article 11 stipulates "Possesses the Haitian nationality of origin, any individual born of a Haitian father or a Haitian mother who themselves were born Haitians and had never renounced their nationality at the time of birth" rejecting responsibility on the Haitian Government, which does not issue identity documents to these citizens living in the Dominican Republic.

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