Local October 12, 2013 | 12:06 am

UNICEF says Constitutional Court ruling could be devastating

Santo Domingo.– The Constitutional Court ruling that could deprive hundreds of thousands of Dominican-born Haitians of their citizenship could have a devastating impact on thousands of children in the country, said UNICEF.

According to the world organization, without a nationality stateless children could be denied access to basic social protection programs, could fail to earn education certificates or even lack an identity card.

"The decision contradicts numerous court decisions and treaties to which the Dominican Republic is party, and contravenes basic principles of human rights," UNICEF said in a statement.

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