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haiti - Social : Protest letter of the Civil Society for Dominican Ambassador
04/10/2013 09:55:22

haiti - Social : Protest letter of the Civil Society for Dominican Ambassador
Thursday, following the decision of 25 September 2013 by the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic, aiming to withdrawal the citizenship to descendants of foreigners born in the Dominican Republic after 1929, on the basis that their parents were considered "in transit" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-9563-haiti-social-a-resolution-with-heavy-consequences.html a sit-in was held before the premises of the Dominican Embassy in Port-au-Prince, by of organization of Haitian Civil Society, to protest against this decision and a protest letter was also addressed to the Ambassador the Dominican Republic to Haiti, Mr. Ruben Silie Valdez.

Letter addressed to the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic :
"Port-au-Prince, October 3, 2013
Mr. Ruben Silie Valdez
Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in Haiti
Subject: Expression of our indignation against the decision of the Constitutional Court Dominican

Mr. Ambassador,

Hereby, us, organizations of Haitian civil society signatories of this letter, wish to express our deep sadness and outrage at the decision of the Constitutional Court of Dominican Republic to deprive thousands of people of Dominican nationality, under the pretext that when they are born, their parents or grandparents were illegal immigrants in the Dominican Republic.

Considering the history of Haitian migration in your country and the anti-Haitian discourse constantly maintained by a sector in the Dominican Republic, we know that this Decision aims particularly the descendants of Haitian immigrants estimated at more than 210,000 people.

Mr. Ambassador, this measure is a blow to the efforts made both in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the last thirty years to improve relations between the two countries that share the same island. If the Dominican government makes this decision into effect, it will participate in the violation of fundamental rights of tens of thousands of people of several generations who were born in the Dominican Republic, lived there, worked there and contributed to the advancement of this country. This decision will expose Citizens Dominicans to all kinds of abuse and permanent administrative hassles permanent. It also risk of becoming an unfortunate international jurisprudence that could cause adverse effects on the descendants of Dominican immigrants in other parts of the world. In short, your country is on a slippery slope that will undermine not only the respect of the rights of its own citizens, but also the Haitian-Dominican relations by creating more distrust between the people of Haiti and the Dominican people.

Mr. Ambassador, we have noted for some time that a current in the Dominican Republic openly deploy a racist statement, anti-Haitian by promoting punitive actions against the population of Haitian immigrants and their descendants and organizing public events xenophobic tolerated by your government. In our opinion, this decision of the Constitutional Court constitutes a kind of blank check given to this current to legitimize many abuses and injustices. This is a racist, discriminatory decision which violates many principles of human rights to which the Dominican Republic joined, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 15 or the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Article 24.

The request of treatment made by the Court to the Central Electoral Junta to decant the Dominican population in different classes of citizens is a dangerous precedent that could cause slippage. Considering the history of relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, marked by moments of solidarity, but also by the 1937 massacre story, we ask, Mr. Ambassador, to your government not to take this route in which the current anti-Haiti wants to lead it. It's time instead for the Dominican authorities to review the relationship and history of the two countries to develop and promote the historical bearers of life and solidarity and not actions that promote hatred, division and that can lead to genocide.

We take this opportunity to congratulate all Dominicans who denounced this decision of the Constitutional Court and work for the establishment of harmonious, fair and solidarity relationships between the two peoples.

Please accept, Sir, Yours sincerely.

Signatory organizations
Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et aux Réfugiés (GARR) ; Sant Pon Ayiti ; Commission Episcopale Nationale Justice et Paix ; Plateforme Haïtienne des Organismes de Droits Humains (POHDH) ; Défense des Opprimés (DOP) ; Mouvement des Femmes Haïtienne pour l’Education et le Développement (MOUFHED) ; Bureau à Port-au-Prince du Service Jésuite aux Réfugiés et aux Migrants ; Sèvis Ekimenik pou Devlopman ak Edikasyon Popilè (SEDEP) ; Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) ; Observatoire Haïtien de la Justice, ci-devant HSI (OHJ) ; Plateforme Haïtienne pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA) ; Fòs Refleksyon ak Aksyon sou Koze Kay (FRAKKA)

For authentication, Jean Philippe Thomas Chairman of the Board of Directors GARR"

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