112 Haitian immigrants awarded $1 million in Dominican court
(defend.ht) - 112 Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic will receive $1 million [US] after a Dominican judge ruled their employer had illegally detained them for a decade and had not satisfied reasonable compensation.

Accoding to the Dominican newspaper, El Nacional, the company, Coquera Real, will pay ten million pesos ($239,000.00 [US]) for the services rendered by the employees and 30 million pesos ($714,300[US]) in penalities for "non-payment of benefits over a period of 10 years," according to the verdic of the court of appeals in San Cristobal, which also ordered that the company stop its activities on that same day.

Judge Juan Perez orderd the immediate seizure of property of the company which had declared bankruptcy recently, but Perez had already set a bond to guarantee the compensation due to the Haitian workers would be mad to them.

The court's decision was applauded by several Haitian-Dominican organizations, including the Foundation Zile who accompanied the Haitian migrants at the beginning of the case.

"This case hold up to present the attention of the public, due to its various aspects, ranging from trafficking in persons to abusing their fellows," said former Minister of Haitians Living Abroad Edwin Paraison, who considered that the most important step is the payment of the sums secured. "In that sense," said Paraison, "the support group that has been created around the workers maintains its weekly meetings every Tuesday at Haina."

 

Dominican Watchdog Note | This case is hopefully just the begining of a long journey of fairness against the haitian workers in the Dominican Republic. The sugar industry alone would probably have to pay 100 times that amount is it was not for their strong government connections!

 

Read also: Stop Sugar Purchases from the Dominican Republic, Sugar Barons are making billions from child labor and slavery conditions!

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