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Group demands action on forcibly missing people in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- Relatives and members of the National Human Rights Commission held a vigil outside the Justice Ministry Monday seeking to expand the investigations into the numerous forcibly disappeared persons in the Dominican Republic.

Commission president Manuel Maria Mercedes said there have been several cases of disappearances in the last 10 years, with civilian or military authorities blamed for most of them.

He also demanded that Congress ratify two international covenants which they can resort to in those types of cases. These are the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Forced Disappearances of the United Nations and the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons.

“The Dominican Republic, despite the efforts being carried out in human rights issues, has yet to be these two important commitments to the international community and Dominican society and it’s unfortunate that the ratification of these two important conventions don’t seem to be taken into account in the National Human Rights Plan being implemented by the Foreign Ministry,” Mercedes said.

Cases

Narciso Gonzalez (Narcisazo), went missing since 1994, Juan Alfredo Díaz, vanished in 2012, and Randy Vizcaíno recently, are some of the most sounding cases forced disappearances.

Source: DT

Sep 1, 2015

Category: DR News |

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