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Haiti - Denationalization : Reaction of MHAVE to the Dominican decision...
"The Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) deplores the decision of the Dominican Government to implement the Judgment 168-13 of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic denationalizing Dominican citizens of Haitian descent, citizens who were born and live in the Dominican Republic since 1929.
This decision of the Executive Dominican, one month after the decision of the Constitutional Court goes against the content of the talks between Dominican and Haitian officials. The issue of separation of powers being agreed, other approaches could be considered in the direction of a peaceful resolution of the problem, according to what has been promised by the Dominican President himself during a meeting with representatives of organizations defending human rights.
The effective implementation of this judgment will affect the interests of more than 210,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent placing them in a situation of statelessness with all that this may cause as consequence on the legal and administrative plan, and even the stability of the island.
t should be noted that the judgment 0168-13 is disapproved by several states in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as international and regional organizations, including for its retrospective nature and because of the fact that it contravenes to a Order of the Inter-American Court of Human rights (IACHR) dating from September 2005 calling on the Dominican authorities to resolve definitively the question of the nationality of children born of Haitian parents.
Given the important role of Haitian migrants in the food industry and other key sectors of the Dominican economy, and under international agreements to which the Dominican Republic has subscribed in terms of Human Rights, the MHAVE urges the Dominican to protect the fundamental rights of these people and to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the citizens of both countries.
The MHAVE, together with other state bodies directly concerned with the issue, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), expresses its solidarity with the Haitian diaspora in the Dominican Republic. At the same time, commits to use all political, diplomatic and legal means available to bring the Dominican authorities to reverse this decision or to limit the disastrous consequences.
Thursday, October 24, 2013"
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