Haitian-Dominicans look to OAS’ help in their struggle
Santo Domingo.- The social platform Dominican@s por Derecho (Dominicans for the law) will take ask the Organization of American States (OAS), to be held in Santo Domingo, to eliminate discrimination, exclusion and corruption in the Dominican Republic.
It said it welcomes the OAS’ initiative to promote capacity building for sustainable development in the Americas through the Declaration of Santo Domingo, the hemispheric entity’s official position to be disclosed at the end of the annual assembly.
it said the time is right to reiterate its concern over the “institutional crisis in the Central Electoral Board,” which hit affirms has “robbed thousands of Dominican citizens of their fundamental rights, ignoring its mandate to ensure the identity and democracy.”
“The JCE has institutionalized a series of discriminatory practices and measures that have marked the lives of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent who’ve been prevented or hindered access to civil registration and identification documents from administrative provisions without legal grounds, leaving it effectively stateless,” the group said.
It notes that despite that the Dominican Republic gets funding and technical assistance from the OAS to modernize the electoral system, as sustainer of democracy, “it was evident, from the results of the last elections, the inefficiency and arbitrariness of the JCE Dominicans of Haitian descent aren’t limited, because the entire population is at risk of arbitrariness of officials who are placed above the Constitution, procedural laws, international treaties and agreements.”
June 10, 2016
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