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CARICOM could politically and economically isolate the Dominican Republic

An interview with Miguel Ceara-Hatton

Note by Professor Norman Girvan: Miguel Ceara-Hatton is one of the most knowledgeable and respected economists in the Dominican Republic. His interview for a Dominican Republic online publication underlines the significant impact that the CARICOM Bureau statement of 26 November on the Dominican Republic Ruling 168-13 is making on public opinion in that country. Dr Ceara draws to the attention of Dominican Republic readers the fact that the CARICOM bloc, with the votes of 14 independent states, is a force to be reckoned with in the OAS, CELAC, CARIFORUM, the ACS, the ACP and the Commonwealth. He emphasises that the issues of racism, human rights violations and retroactive application of laws raised by Ruling 168-13 are of great importance to CARICOM states. He points out that, in the light of the CARICOM position, the Dominican Republic is facing the danger of “complete international discredit and isolation” if it continues to implement the ruling.

The preliminary finding of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, whose members visited the Dominican Republic last week, has completely vindicated CARICOM’s position. CARICOM can take pride in having come out so firmly in its statement of November 26. This, and Dr Ceara’s interview, reinforces the importance of CARICOM speaking with one single, united voice in hemispheric and global fora, by coordinating the positions of its member states, in order to mobilise the potential diplomatic clout of the CARICOM bloc to ‘right the terrible wrong’ committed by Ruling 168-13.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The repercussions of the ruling of the constitutional court, which strips the nationality of children of irregular residents in the country from 1929 and which fundamentally affects Haitian descendants, has raised the proverbial hornet’s nest not only in the Dominican Republic, where there is sharp division between those who favour the ruling and those against it, but also internationally.

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