Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic will use the occasion of the XXXVIII General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to denounce the supposed campaign of defamation by international organizations that say that the Dominican Republic abuses and discriminates against Haitian migrants, according to official sources.
Dominican foreign minister Carlos Morales Troncoso, who is leaving for Panama to attend the meeting today, told reporters that he would be denouncing “the detractors who constantly defame the Dominican Republic” before the Organization of American States.
He said that he hoped that the international event, which is being held next week, would issue a resolution condemning the supposed campaign, saying that he “had all the support of OAS foreign ministers”.
“All the foreign ministers I have spoken to say it is unfair and unfounded” said Morales Troncoso, who went on to accuse the NGO campaign, as well as a group of “bad Dominicans”.
“They are slanderers, detractors and enemies of the Dominican Republic, who spend their time making us waste our time on defending ourselves against their defamation,” stated the Dominican foreign minister.
The Dominican foreign ministry confirmed the existence of the supposed campaign in March, after Amnesty International (AI) published a report in which it claimed that Haitians suffered “deep-rooted racial discrimination” in the Dominican Republic.
AI described practices like illegal mass expulsions and the denial of birth certificates to thousands of children born in the country to undocumented Haitian parents.
The Dominican government says that these claims were “totally exaggerated”.
It is estimated that the Dominican Republic, with a population of 9.1 million, is host to about one million Haitians, many of whom are undocumented.