[Blackstudies-l] CSA Statement on the Denaturalization and Deportation of Dominicans of Haitian Descent

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The Caribbean Studies Association unequivocally condemns the
denaturalization and deportation of Dominicans of Haitian Descent from the
Dominican Republic. We regard this as a distinct violation of their human
rights, a dis-regard for human dignity and an absolute travesty against the
history and meaning of Caribbean community. We ask all international
institutions to intervene to pre-empt this tragedy in the making.

As the executive council of the CSA, which is the primary association for
scholars and practitioners working on the Caribbean Region, we represent
over 1100 members. As a body, we stand firmly against the human rights
violations against persons of Haitian Descent in the DR. We denounce the
Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Tribunal Ruling 168-13 and the change
of citizenship policy in September 2013, which stripped the citizenship
rights of Dominicans born to Haitian immigrants as far back as 1929, as
well as Law 169-14 that passed in May 2014, which established requirements
and rules for naturalization of people born in the DR to undocumented
migrants.

The ruling and passage of the law were and continue to be strongly
condemned by a number of Caribbean governments, the United Nations, civil
society organizations, and social justice activists (regionally and
internationally). The plan gave Dominicans only 18 months to acquire the
necessary paperwork (end of February) to become documented, and even with
the 90 days extension (15 June 2015), many persons have been unable to
secure the documentation to meet the new requirements of the DR government.
Therefore, a serious and egregious crisis continues as hundreds of
thousands of people born in the Dominican Republic without “regularization”
documents will be rendered without status and subject to deportation (with
no “right” to stay in the country of their birth). Many of these persons
are of Haitian descent. Additionally, the question of deportation raises
major international law conventions, particularly in light of the fact that
many of those potentially affected, were born in the DR, are culturally
Dominican, and have very little (if any) direct connections to Haiti. As a
consequence, they have been rendered stateless by this ruling and law.

This is undoubtedly a violation of rights to citizenship, and in particular
for those who are most vulnerable (Dominicans of Haitian ancestry generally
and those working along the border especially). As the extension has now
officially passed, the DR government will be legally able to deport persons
without documentation even if they were born in the DR. As a number of
international and regional reports suggest, the DR is preparing for mass
deportations.

The CSA stands in support of the inviolable human right to citizenship.
There must be an urgent and effective regional response to the issue of
migration rights, and a collaborative endeavor to forge reasonable
solutions to concerns over labor, borders, and migration. The CSA calls on
Caribbean governments, activists, scholars, civil society organizations,
members and their affiliates to continue the work of redressing these
violations and working towards social justice.

CSA Executive Council
June 2015

See the following articles written by Caribbean writers and
scholar-activists:

Myriam Chancy, “Are You Haitian? Apartheid in the Americas,” Asterix
Journal:
http://asterixjournal.com/apartheid-americas-haitian-myriam-j-chancy-ph-d/
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Edwidge Danticat, “Fear of Deportation in the Dominican Republic,” New
Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/fear-of-deportation-in-the-dominican-republic
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Edwidge Danticat, interviewed on Democracy Now:
http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/17/the_dominican_republics_ethnic_purging_edwidge
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Angelique V. Nixon and Alissa Trotz – “Where is the Outrage? – Tenuous
Relations of Human Rights and Migration,” Groundation Grenada and Stabroek
News:
http://groundationgrenada.com/2015/06/12/where-is-the-outrage/
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http://www.stabroeknews.com/2015/features/in-the-diaspora/06/15/where-is-the-outrage-tenuous-relations-of-human-rights-and-migration/
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Gina Ulysse, “Meditation on Haiti and Charleston as a Certain Kind of
Black,” Africa is a Country:

http://africasacountry.com/meditation-on-haiti-and-charleston-as-a-certain-kind-of-black/

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Conversation with Edwidge Danticat and Junot Diaz, “The Dominican Republic
and Haiti: A Shared View from the Diaspora,” Americas Quarterly:
http://americasquarterly.org/content/dominican-republic-and-haiti-shared-view-diaspora

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Angelique V. Nixon, “Limbo Citizens or Stateless People? – Human Rights
Migration and for the Future of Dominicans of Haitian Ancestry,”
Groundation Grenada:
http://groundationgrenada.com/2013/11/05/limbo-citizens-or-stateless-people-human-rights-migration-and-the-future-for-dominicans-of-haitian-ancestry/
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Consider signing these petitions (to Caribbean governments):

https://www.change.org/p/government-of-caricom-protect-the-rights-of-dominican-citizens-of-haitian-descent-in-the-dominican-republic
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https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Caribbean_Governments_STOP_DOMINICAN_REPUBLIC_APARTHEID_AGAINST_DOMINICANS_OF_HAITIAN_HERITAGE/
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  *ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | June
24, 2015 at 2:33 pm | Tags: Caribbean Studies Association
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