Local April 3, 2024 | 10:28 am

Amnesty International urges Dominican Republic to end “racist” immigration policies

Santo Domingo.- Amnesty International issued a call to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, urging the country to halt human rights violations against Haitians, Dominicans of Haitian descent, and Black individuals resulting from its immigration policies, which the organization labeled as racist.

In a joint letter alongside six other organizations, including the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Amnesty International appealed to President Luis Abinader and state institutions to cease deportation processes. The letter contends that these immigration policies perpetuate racial discrimination and result in discriminatory outcomes, particularly targeting Haitian and Dominican individuals.

The collective expulsions, the letter argues, flagrantly violate the international obligations of the Dominican Republic and endanger the lives and rights of affected individuals, particularly those forcibly returned to Haiti.

Highlighting the systemic exclusion faced by Black individuals of Haitian and Dominican origin, the letter attributes this to discriminatory immigration policies, notably the practice of mass arrests and expulsions, which include minors, pregnant women, and those in postpartum conditions.

Amnesty International calls for the guarantee of asylum access, entry, and residency in the country, stressing that Haitians have the right to seek asylum procedures without discrimination.

Furthermore, the organization advocates for the reinstatement of legal pathways for workers, students, family members, asylum seekers, and migrants seeking legal residency in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to halting deportations, Amnesty International urges authorities to investigate allegations of racist violence and other human rights violations purportedly committed by immigration agents, police, and armed forces. The organization also demands the protection of pregnant women, minors, and Dominicans of Haitian descent from detention and deportation, ensuring their right to defend human rights.

Amnesty International’s spokesperson emphasized the critical need for the Dominican Republic to commit to building an anti-racist society, emphasizing the full respect and protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of nationality, ancestry, or immigration status.

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April 3, 2024 10:32 am

This isn’t a race problem. It’s a cultural problem!

April 3, 2024 10:50 am
Reply to  Hog

And not just cultural, but also ECONOMIC.

April 3, 2024 11:08 am
Reply to  DCamp21

For sure

Ramon Garcia
April 3, 2024 11:17 am
Reply to  Hog

Is an illegal invasion problem.

My Name Is Not Important
April 4, 2024 7:50 am
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

It’s not an invasion when refugees come to find better life. Just admit you are just a racist and a xenophobe.

April 4, 2024 9:31 am

I have the feeling you don’t know what the definition of “refugee” is. Hint: It is not simply someone that wants “to find a better life.” Haiti’s problem are self inflicted. Over 200 years of bad leaders, political instability, terrible policies, rampant corruption, never ending crisis-after-crisis culminating in the present one. “In Haiti, nearly 59 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.” This does not equate to 6.7 million “refugees” per your definition.

April 3, 2024 10:33 am

Get em all out!!

My Name Is Not Important
April 4, 2024 7:49 am
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April 3, 2024 10:47 am

Boohoo! Cry me a river…

Ramon Garcia
April 3, 2024 11:24 am

In 200 years, our country has waged heroic struggles for its sovereignty, paying a high price of blood and sacrifices to defend and maintain it.

Therefore, it is unacceptable that other nations or international organizations, being too daring, try to manipulate it with immigration or other policies that are contrary to our interests.

In the open pressure that they exert even through United Nations agencies, countries and puppet organizations want to force the Dominican Republic to give asylum to those who wish to escape the hell of violence and death that prevails in Haiti.

In addition, they are pressing for the government to suspend the repatriations of illegal foreigners, under the fallacious accusation that these are carried out under the guise of “racist violence” and multiple violations of human rights. But they do not present real and reliable evidence of immigration agents putting their boots on the necks of those arrested, nor whipping their bodies, to subject them to obedience.

Amnesty International, one of the organizations that lend themselves to serving as echo chambers for the powers that fuel these interferences, has just given a clear order to the government to cease “discriminatory immigration policies” and to refrain from detaining and deporting pregnant women. and minors.

In short, we import poverty from Haiti by absorbing those fleeing the crisis, while those nations and organizations indolently fold their arms in the face of this tragedy.

The frequency with which they intervene and pressure in these directions reflects, without a doubt, the existence of an anti-national network that operates from outside to undermine the foundations of our sovereignty, attacking one of its pillars, the immigration law.

As long as the government and the executors of foreign policy do not put those who promote these interferences in their place, denouncing them as agents of fallacy and blackmail, the disrespect will continue.

In other countries, where dignity and national identity are sacred, the irreverent are rejected firmly and with strong measures so that they do not dare to interfere in their internal affairs.

The 200 years of struggles that begin since the Ephemeral Independence of 1821, give full and legitimate right to Dominicans to defend their sovereignty, whatever the cost, even if the island sinks, as proclaimed by the Fathers of the Nation.
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Alberto Gomez
April 3, 2024 11:49 am

If they really want to be useful and helpful, they should take all Haitians that are on the island since they are always whining, crying and love helping the Haitians . Damn , so much empty land in Canada , United States and FRANCE have , please take these people (Haitians)!!

Paul Tierney
April 3, 2024 12:10 pm

It that is their case against the Dominican Republic then Amnesty International should also urge the UN and other similar organizations to end their racist policies of denying peacekeepers for poor brown eye counties.

April 3, 2024 12:37 pm

These NGO’s don’t really understand nor care about the situation that would unfold, the consequences–cultural, political, criminal, economical, for our country, if we do as they say!


April 3, 2024 12:59 pm

It’s just not a race thing. Don’t subject the Dominican Republic to the same fate as the United States southern border. Open borders destroy nations. Finish the border wall and man it with armed officers.

Luis Grullon
April 3, 2024 1:11 pm

Those same humans right organisations is the reason why Haiti is in the state it is. Haiti is the global capital of human aid organization all the NGOs are in Haiti
If DR listens to them, the DR would collapsed with the Haitian problem. Nope keep them all out. Ship them to the US or Canada

My Name Is Not Important
April 3, 2024 7:58 pm

East Haitians, or you people called yourselves “Dominicans”, must have refugees in their country, if they gonna like it or not. Plus, border is a mythical line that promotes racism, xenophobia, tribalism, and bigotry, and nationalism is stupid and inhumane.

April 4, 2024 1:26 am

If my neighbor has a problem with strife in his home and not enough money to pay his bills, these are not my problems to solve. Haiti needs to fix itself and leave Dominicans in peace. Send them all home and let them correct the situation. Don’t let them bring their problems to a mostly peaceful RD.