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Amnesty International: Dominican Republic unlawfully expels hundreds

Santo Domingo.- Amnesty International on Wednesday repeated its condemnation of he Dominican Republic which , “unlawfully expelled hundreds of Dominicans to Haiti who have been caught in the middle of a wave of returns and deportations of more than 100,000 people in recent months.”

It its report ‘Where are We Going to Live?: Migration and Statelessness in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Amnesty International affirms that one year after the Dominican Republic ended a moratorium on deportations on June 18, 2015, “Haiti and the Dominican Republic reveal the reckless way in which the two governments are handling the deportation, expulsion and “spontaneous” return of tens of thousands of people from the Dominican Republic to Haiti.”

“Since arbitrarily stripping thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their nationality, Dominican authorities created a human rights crisis that is leaving tens of thousands of people in an absolute and desperate legal limbo,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“More than 40,000 people – including several hundred unaccompanied children — have been deported from the Dominican Republic to Haiti between August 2015 and May 2016,” the report says, citing the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Haitian civil society organizations.

Amnesty said at least 68,000 additional migrants returned to Haiti “spontaneously,” in many cases following threats or through fear of persecution and violence in the Dominican Republic.

“Though 85 percent of the total told the IOM they were born in Haiti, 15 percent claim to have been born in the Dominican Republic.”

Source: DT

June 15, 2016

Category: DR News |

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