[Blackstudies-l] Haiti Urges Global Intervention In Dominican Migration Crisis
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<http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/> Haiti Urges Global
Intervention In Dominican Migration Crisis
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*The Organization of American States will send a delegation to the
Dominican Republic this week to investigate the crisis, TeleSur reports.*
Haiti has called for the intervention of the international community
Wednesday to speed up the regularization of hundreds of thousands of
undocumented Haitian-Dominicans facing deportation in the Dominican
In an address to the Organization of American States, Haiti’s Foreign
Minister Lener Renauld urged the Dominican Republic to treat its Haitian
descendants more humanely and bring an end to the humanitarian crisis.
"Haiti comes to the Americas to urge the Dominican Republic to come to its
senses. Haiti does not come to ask for mercy, it comes to protest the
treatment of its nationals in the Dominican Republic,” Renauld said
according to news agency Al Momento.
Haiti’s protest at the OAS comes as the interregional forum announced it
will send a special mission to the Dominican Republic and Haiti between
July 10-14 in the face of the migration crisis there.
The mission has as aim to facilitate a “long-term solution that regularizes
the legal state of immigrants.” Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS
, affirmed that “we cannot forget that immigrants, beyond their legal
situation, have the same rights as everyone else.”
The Dominican ambassador to the OAS rebuked criticism from the
international community and accused Haiti for not assuming responsibility
for taking in Haitian descendants.
“Neither can we accept the cynicism of nations that pretend to denounce
with hyperbole and exaggeration what they are accustomed to do to
immigrants in their own territories,” ambassador Pedro Vergés said.
The migration crisis comes after the Dominican Republic stripped an
estimated 200,000 Dominican-Haitians of citizenship in order to deport them
on a mass scale. The Dominican government claimed it opened up ways for the
now-undocumented Dominican Haitians to gain legal status but media reports
claim that only two percent received their papers legalized.
According to Local 10 News, Haitians and their descendants have been herded
up like cattle and kicked out of their homes in the Dominican Republic.
“They got us like dogs, they threw in the bus, and they started to slap us
Haitians,” the local news agency quoted one Haitian as saying.
The government of the Dominican Republic has characterized the transfer of
Haitian migrants and Haitian-Dominicans as “voluntary repatriations.”
However, the Caribbean nations of the regional bloc CARICOM have vocally
criticized the Dominican Republic’s policies, which many believe could
trigger a humanitarian crisis.
“If indeed these persons are Haitians who have been voluntarily
self-deporting en masse, then it is because of the climate of violence and
fear which has been generated in the Dominican Republic,” Omari Seitu
Williams, the deputy head of mission from the Caribbean nation of Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines said.
“Unlike some countries that have remained mute on this issue, Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines cannot and will not remain silent on this issue which
violates the basic tenets of human rights. This is simply not a bilateral
issue or an issue of a sovereign nation. It is indeed a matter of human
dignity and the egregiousness of the Dominican laws is reflected in the
justifiable international outrage and response the laws.”
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