Open letter to CARICOM secretary general
3 December 2013
His Excellency Ambassador Irwin La Rocque
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
P.O. Box 10827
The Institute of International Relations (IIR) is deeply concerned that the recent Ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic is yet another attempt, going back at least two decades, to deny systematically the citizenship rights of descendants of Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic.
This ruling violates basic provisions of international law that prohibit the arbitrary denial of nationality. It will have a devastating effect on individuals who are, not Haitians nor illegal migrants but rather, citizens of the Dominican Republic. In effect, this ruling, if fully implemented, has the potential of denationalizing literally hundreds of thousands of people whose human rights will surely be denied, unless the Government of the Dominican Republic steps in to reverse this ruling.
While the IIR notes with interest the interventions of many countries and institutions, especially CARICOM, the OAS, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, Amnesty International and Venezuela, and expresses its appreciation of these efforts, it remains our conviction that firm action, not just rhetoric, is required now at the regional, hemispheric and international levels to address the root cause of this recurring problem which denies protection to the vulnerable population of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. Interventions on this matter ought to be more concrete and decisive in order to obtain the desired results.
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