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Investigation on use of documentation of the deceased for Haitians immigrants

The president of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), Julio César Castaños Guzmán, has set in motion an investigation following the complaints by former judge Juan Miguel Castillo Pantaleón, that data from Dominicans who have died at the Luis Eduardo Aybar and Francisco Moscoso Puello public hospitals is being recycled to provide documentation for Haitian immigrants.

Given the complaint by the immigration expert Castillo Pantaleón, Castaños Guzmán instructed the national director of the Civil Registry, Dolores Fernández, to carry out an exhaustive investigation of the cases at the Unit of Late Declarations to trace death certificates registered in the hospitals to see if there is any evidence of such a practice.

He assured that the investigation would be carried out as quickly as possible and reiterated that the children of non-resident foreigners in the country should be registered in the Foreigners’ Book at the JCE.

On the afternoon talk show on 101.3 “La Z”, Domingo Páez said the director of the civil registry office at the Francisco Moscoso Puello hospital had confirmed there were irregularities he himself had been investigating over the past several months. There are only four employees in the civil registry office at the Francisco Moscoso Puello office.

In the 1980s and 90s, the civil registry offices were known as a public market for obtaining for pay civil documentation for thousands of undocumented Haitians. The US Embassy in the Dominican Republic at the time pressured to end the market when hundreds of Dominican baseball players were also “benefited” by irregular birth certificates in order to be signed by MLB teams.

Likewise, this led to the instituting of the Foreigners Book in hospitals, where the offspring of mothers who are foreign nationals are first registered. Afterwards, birth certificates are issued, not so the Dominican nationality.

Despite the recognized irregularities in the civil registry issuing of documents, the government granted a widespread amnesty in the cases of fraudulent documentation following strong international pressure.

There is now the concern the lack of controls at the civil registration offices in public hospitals may be again resulting in a market for issuing of fraudulent documentation.

Source: DR1, Diariolibre

Aug 22, 2017

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