Black People : Dominican Republic citizenship ruling stirs outcry across Caribbean

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  1. RAPTOR

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    "Caribbean neighbors criticize a high court ruling in the Dominican Republic that strips the citizenship of more than 200,000 people, mostly of Haitian ancestry, born in the country."

    By Tracy Wilkinson
    October 31, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

    MEXICO CITY — The recent decision by the highest court in the Dominican Republic to cancel the citizenship of three generations of residents is meeting a firestorm of protest, with human rights advocates warning of a humanitarian nightmare for the entire Caribbean region.

    The Dominican Constitutional Court, citing the country's 2010 constitution, retroactively stripped the citizenship of people born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry, declaring that they were residing in the country illegally or with temporary permits.

    More than 200,000 people, most of them descendants of Haitians, may in effect be left stateless. Government officials and others could deprive them of a host of basic rights and services, including education and employment, activists say.

    "To be stateless means you don't have the right to vote, to go to school … freedom of movement … [access to] travel documents," Sarnata Reynolds, who handles statelessness issues at Refugees International, said Thursday during a panel discussion in Washington about the Dominican ruling.

    "You're stuck in a legal limbo and in a location where you can't resolve your situation."

    Some fear the Dominican Republic will embark on a mass deportation effort. But to where? Haiti and other Caribbean states would be under no obligation to recognize people who were born in the Dominican Republic as anything but Dominicans.

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-dominican-republic-citizens-20131101,0,508300.story#axzz2jWm7F1kw
     
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    This is nothing more than a by-product of slavery. The tentacles of slavery are long. smh
     
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