Dominican Government rebukes Arab network’s “stateless” claim
DominicanToday.com - Central Electoral Board (JCE) president Roberto Rosario Tuesday affirmed that there are no stateless people in the country thus far, as the activist Sonia Pierre affirmed in an Aljazeera report criticizing the treatment of Haitians in Dominican Republic.

He also questioned the interest shown by some countries in trying to get Dominican Republic to assume irregular immigration of foreigners as its own, when it’s not their practice.

The official denied that the JCE has been empowered of thousands of cases of people whose right to citizenship was allegedly refused and noted that to date “Mrs. Pierre” has only submitted 120 files, which he affirms were already processed.

He said the results of an investigation will be disclosed before the end of this month and affirmed that it was communicated to Pierre on July 4 in the United States Embassy, during the celebration of the that nation’s independence. He said the information was provided in the presence of people linked to the defense of human rights of that nation.

Rosario said the Dominican Constitution stipulates who’s qualified for Dominican citizenship, or by birth or through the legal procedures to become Dominican via naturalization. “For reasons of blood Dominican residents outside the territory transmit citizenship rights and for reasons of soil the children of foreigners who reside legally are Dominican, according to the parameters established in the Magna Charta promulgated January 26, 2010.”

 

Update, other judges view the case completely different, Hattians born in the DR are Dominican!

Central Electoral Board judge Eddy Olivares on Sunday said the children born in the country, of Haitian laborers, have the right to a Dominican identity.

He said the electoral court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to cancel the cedula (identity card) of the Haitians born in the country, even if their parents haven’t had the category of Dominican citizen or resident.

The official noted that the parents of most of the Haitians born in the Dominican Republic, and who are of legal age, came to the country as laborers via agreements between the governments.

Interviewed by Héctor Herrera on Telesistema channel 11, Olivares criticized that the Board assumes a role he affirms isn’t its jurisdiction, adding that the country’s migratory policy has its responsible institutions, which in the Dominican case is the Immigration Agency.

 

Dominican Watchdog note: The law in most countries is quite clear, even in the United States people born there are Americans, no matter the status of their parents, however the Dominican Republic has for years done everything possible to make the life for Haitians born there impossible. Most have been denied access to schools and universities, despite the fact that the DR have used the Haitians for almost 100 years as slaves in their sugar and construction industry. Read more in the following links:


Stateless people struggle to gain rights that full citizenship assures

 

BBC Program - STATELESSNESS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

The genealogy of a stateless family – Haitians needs to become citizens in Dominican Republic


Read also about the terrible slavery conditions in the Dominican sugar industry.

 

 

Watch the horrible movie, The Price of Sugar!

 

 

 

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