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Descendants of Haitians bear a cross for a nationality

Santo Domingo.- Dozens of men and women of Haitian descent who demand their right to Dominican nationality marched Tuesday with a wooden cross to draw the attention of the Central Electoral Board’s officials and the general public on their plight.

Their “Viacrucis for rights” started near Aguiar Av. and 27 de Febrero Intersection and ended at JCE headquarters, with the participation of affected residents in the National District and people who support their cause.

According Elena Lorac and Jackson Previl, spokesmen opf the movement, since the JCE issued Resolution 12-07 in 2007, administrative provision that denies access to their civilian documents only Dominicans of Haitian descent and in turn, their possibility of decent work, continuing education, marriage and declaring their children, among other fundamental rights.

Lorac said the JCE has been denying them copies of the affidavits without providing valid arguments. “With this resolution, our lives are suspended, but, beyond the legal dimension, this provision jeopardizes us and puts us in a nebula as to our identity.”

The protesters chanted their displeasure because one of those affected, Jesus, has been living the “nightmare” of denationalization for more than 5 years, and accuses the JCE of violating the Constitution, ignores rulings of the country’s courts as well as international human rights agreements. “It is time to recognize our rights and lend us the treatment we deserve as Dominican.”

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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