SANTO DOMINGO. - The Haiti ambassador Fritz Cineas denied that Dominican Republic enslaves the Haitian immigrants, as a group of nongovernmental organizations denounces in Europe and the United States.
He said he doesn’t share any type of statements which could affect "the good relations that currently exist between Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean nation that so far are very warm."
Asked about the documentary "The price of Sugar" in which Dominican Republic is presented as a nation that enslaves Haitians, the diplomat said that until now he has yet to receive any complaint of mistreatment towards his Haitians, but clarified that any situation on the matter would be channeled through the corresponding routes. "I still have not received any complaint of violation of human rights against the Haitian immigrants in the country."
Cineas spoke in the forum "the E-Government in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Declaration of Santo Domingo" which conducts the Electronic Government Network of Latin America and the Caribbean.
He said in Rene Preval’s last visit to the country, the Haitian Head of State also spoke about the good treatment which his compatriots receive in Dominican territory, and weighed the relations between the neighboring island and the country, "that they are excellent, as is the intention of the presidents of both nations, Leonel Fernandez and René Preval."
He reiterated that the Haitian chief executive’s desire is to bolster the diplomatic relations of the sister nations.
On Wednesday, Haiti’s representative in the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), Marie Denise Jean, also denied in Paris that her compatriots were placed under the slavery in the Dominican mills’ villages.