Say NO to Apartheid in the DR

On September 23, 2013 the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled that children born to undocumented immigrant parents after 1929 were no longer Dominican citizens. This decision stripped four generations of Dominicans of their most basic human rights, their birthright and their nationality, and basically rendered then stateless. While the law, 168-13, was written to affect all immigrant groups, this decision directly targeted Dominicans of Haitian ancestry.

With the full support of the Dominican legislature, on Friday, May 23, 2014, Danilo Medina, the President of the DR, signed into law Bill 169-14. This was his “humanitarian response” to the international outrage caused by the earlier discriminatory ruling. Bill 169-14 will reinstate Dominican citizenship to less than 10% of those affected. Despite praise from some, caution from others, and the silence of many others, this latest law gives Dominican officials even more legal grounds to wrongfully deport, target, and exploit Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

For many years Dominican officials have practiced the most brutal forms of deportation against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. These racist practices have resulted in rape, torture, and even murder, including the recent lynching of a Haitian man in a public space.  For a long time, the Dominican economy has benefited from the exploitation of stateless workers in the agricultural and construction sectors. We cannot afford to remain silent. Say NO to mass expulsions & deportations in the D.R. Say NO to denationalization.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

BOYCOTT TOURISM IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
For a long time, the Dominican economy has benefited from the exploitation of workers of Haitian descent in the tourism, agricultural, and construction sectors. In the Dominican Rep., Haitians earn 60% less than average Dominicans, affording the Dominican tourism industry to offer lower priced luxury vacations.

SPREAD THE WORD: Watch & screen the film “Birthright Crisis”

SIGN the petitions that are denouncing these international human rights violations in the Dominican Republic

Please click HERE to learn about what is being done

EDWIDGE DANTICAT ON BIRTHRIGHTS CRISIS

edwidge_letter_blog_cropped 2
Read full Letter