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DR to uphold its Constitution

The Dominican Republic will uphold mandates from its Constitution and the Constitutional Court, says Foreign Relations Minister Andres Navarro, adding that he would not dispute any decisions coming from the highest court.

He made the comments yesterday, Monday 3 November 2014, in response to the recent Inter-American Court of Human Rights court order that says that the Dominican Republic must change its constitution in order to recognize human rights of undocumented immigrants.

Navarro said that at the end of the day it is up to Dominicans to decide who gets Dominican nationality.

He said the court did not take into account the government’s recent efforts to resolve a decades-long problem, including Constitutional Court Ruling 168-13 that ordered the implementation of the National Foreigner Legalization Plan to regularize the status of foreigners living in the Dominican republic, and the Naturalization Law 169-14 that gives additional fast-track facilities for people born in the Dominican Republic to apply for Dominican citizenship.

The Court ordered the Dominican state to revoke the constitutional decision and to adopt all legislative measures, even constitutional amendments if necessary, in order to regulate a simple and accessible birth registration process in accordance with international human rights law.

Navarro said the Ministry is awaiting the Constitutional Court’s decision on the recent Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling. The court will decide whether the Dominican Republic’s adhesion to the IACHR complied with constitutional mandates.

Navarro commented that the IACHR went too far when ordering the DR to change its constitution, which was based on a national consensus.

He criticized the fact that the voices that are making demands of the DR are the same ones that do nothing to boost investment in Haiti as a way for the people of that country to end their poverty.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Category: DR News |

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