Letter to the president of the Dominican Republic from the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines
The Prime Minister
St Vincent and the Grenadines
November 11, 2013
H.E. Mr Danilo Medina
Office of the President
Greetings from the Government and People of St Vincent and the Grenadines!
On October 11, 2013, I wrote to you a letter on the ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic on the deprivation/denial of citizenship of the Dominican Republic to persons of Haitian descent born in your country after 1929.
I have not received a response as yet. I enclose a copy of my letter for ease of reference.
As you are aware, since then, St Vincent and the Grenadines has led the way, on behalf of CARICOM, at the Organisation of American States (OAS) in condemning the ruling of the Court, and the reluctance of your government to effect an alteration of the Court’s jaundiced and unacceptable decision. My government and others have been very firm in their condemnation of the Court’s ruling and their profound disappointment at the equivocating stance of your government. Civil Society and prominent individuals in Latin America, the Caribbean and globally have joined in their denunciation of the Court’s ruling and the posture of your government.
My dear brother, I urge that you act swiftly in pursuing a path to correct the Court’s prejudiced denial of the human and citizenship rights of persons of Haitian descent born in your country.
Frankly, this is a matter on which quiet diplomacy and muted behind-the-scenes dialogue are wholly insufficient. Accordingly, St Vincent and the Grenadines has taken a robust stance publicly on this matter while urging you to act properly in the name of humanity and decency.
I am obliged to inform you of the following:
1. St Vincent and the Grenadines has stated publicly, through me, that it will not support, in the current circumstances, any application by the Dominican Republic to join CARICOM. So, until your government addresses this issue properly, no progress can be made at all on your country’s bid to enter CARICOM.
2. St Vincent and the Grenadines has publicly called for the suspension of the Dominican Republic from CARIFORUM.
3. I have written the esteemed President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to give urgent consideration to suspend the Dominican Republic from the PETROCARIBE Agreement until your government acts decisively to correct the effect of the Court’s dastardly ruling.
As you are aware, the IX Summit of PETROCARIBE is scheduled for Caracas on December 16, 2013. If the situation for the citizens-by-birth of the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent is not favourably altered, I intend to raise the matter forcefully at this Summit.
Please be assured that your government and people are in my prayers.
Dr The Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves
c.c: CARICOM Heads
CARICOM Secretary General
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