World October 16, 2023 | 2:14 pm

Haitian organizations ask the Dominican Republic for 7 conditions

Port-au-Prince.- Haitian organizations, along with actors from civil society and the private sector, including the bar association and journalists, have put forward seven conditions to the Dominican Republic. These conditions represent their demands for improved relations between the two nations. The seven conditions are as follows:

1. A categorical recognition by the Dominican Republic of Haiti’s right to use shared water resources.

2. A rebalancing of the binational market to ensure equitable distribution of rights for each state.

3. The establishment of market days where both Dominicans and Haitians can benefit.

4. Respect for the Dominican State’s rules regarding the deportation of Haitians, with a focus on ending human rights violations such as physical attacks, rape, and human trafficking.

5. Haitian students studying in the Dominican Republic should be granted student visas for the entire duration of their studies, without the need for monthly or quarterly entry taxes.

6. The creation of an international audit commission to examine the geographical delimitation of the two states and ensure the quality certification of merchandise coming from the Dominican Republic to Haiti.

7. The establishment of a “Justice and Truth” Commission, composed of representatives from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and other countries, to investigate Haitian victims of immigration issues and other instances related to the Dominican Republic. The findings of this commission will be reported to each government.

These demands come from various prominent figures and organizations, including the Haiti Mutation Movement, the Northeast Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Federation – Eastern Merchants Associations, the Marien Patriots Initiative, and others. This initiative represents an effort to address key issues in the relationship between Haiti and the Dominican Republic and promote cooperation and dialogue.

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joaquin lukoki
October 16, 2023 2:58 pm

Oh well, when people realize that they actually have power, this happen… Now either agree or lose $3 billion in surplus…

Alberto Gomez
October 16, 2023 4:56 pm
Reply to  joaquin lukoki

If I was DR I would take the lost ,the country is more than 3 billion dollars, I’m for sure on that 100 percent. I’m businessmen myself why would I deal with an untrustworthy and rowdy customers f- that . Good riddance!!!Haitians will lose in the long run , logistics, shipping , insurance, truckers< high cost to the consumers at the end of day .

Jo josh
October 16, 2023 11:18 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Yeah because we saw what happen when your customers stop buying from you… Ask target or better yet budlight

Jo josh
October 16, 2023 11:57 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Being a business owner does not mean you know the basic of economic which your comment seems to make people think that you know nothing about so let me school you a little bit…
The yearly government budget for the DR is $12.89 billions, meaning the country has to function with that money. Now the economy has a deficit of 2.8% (a little more of $360 million)… Trade with Haiti is $3 billion, meaning trading with Haiti alone makes 38.4 % of your annual revenues.. how do you expect the government to substitute those 38.4%…? If it was that easy why didn’t they do it before…? Why do you think all of sudden with absolutely 0 progress in the talk about the canal and a virtual unanimous from the Haitian, all of sudden the government stop talking tough and start being reassuring about opening the border .. simple because they did not think Haiti would answer tit for tat. They though Haiti will back down… It is a big miscalculation. Where are all the talk about selling to other nations to replace Haiti…? They just realized that it is not that easy and now they have to get that Haitian money that represent 38.4% of the government revenues. You can be anti Haitian all you want but facts does not care about your feelings and in that story, you have more to lose (38.4% of your budget ) than Haiti who could still find suppliers elsewhere because it is way easier to find suppliers than buyers especially since the DR does not sell minerals or anything so nothing special ..

Alberto Gomez
October 17, 2023 7:55 am
Reply to  Jo josh

These guy thinks, I’m anti- Haitian. In my opinion Haiti and Haitians are the worst anti-Dominican , why Haiti doesn’t allow Dominican investment in all part of Haiti , so Haitians don’t have to cross to our of side , but we got to let these people come across ?? I really don’t get them . And 3 billion dollars only represent about 4% of Dominican government budget(if it’s 12.89 in revenue), ok sir . Haiti 3 billion dollars only represent only or less 1% !!!!! of the Dominican Republic economy!!!!Haiti <<< lose in the long run

Alberto Gomez
October 17, 2023 8:05 am
Reply to  Jo josh

Dominican Republic education ministry GDP is bigger than Haiti economy. Haiti lose in the long run <<<

luis aquino
October 17, 2023 9:18 am
Reply to  Jo josh

trade with haiti is not 3 billion, thats a made up number. the trade is 700 million and shrinking. the whole of the hatiian economy cant purchase 3 billion worth of anything, is not large enough

Teddy P
October 18, 2023 2:44 pm
Reply to  Jo josh

The miscalculation comes from not knowing the neighbor’s history. We fought the strongest army at the time(French, Napoleon). We chased away the Spanish army out of DR. You celebrate your independence from Haitians. We (Haiti) are the first and only successful revolution out of slavery. DR is the only sovereign country that VOLUNTARILY went back into recolonization in 1861. Yes! We have been paying for our revolution ever since 1804. We still managed to help free DR, Venezuela, Colombia, etc.

I keep hearing “on a long run” There isn’t a long run for us, we never stopped fighting. The Haitians don’t only contribute to the border trading. Dominican goods aren’t anything that we can’t get somewhere else. I think that Venezuela and Colombia would be good trading partners. They love and respect us. Internationally this issue is exposing DR in a negative light similar to Israel and Palestine. I say good luck finding a trading partner. Haiti is DR’s second-biggest trading partner. Your government is trying to save face, we know the numbers and how important we are to DR’s economy. The bottom line, we have all the leverage. We have NOTHING to lose.

My Name Is Not Important
October 16, 2023 11:36 pm
Reply to  joaquin lukoki

Nah, I’ll rather lose that $3 billion in surplus than dealing with the devil as known as Haiti.

Alberto Gomez
October 16, 2023 3:08 pm

Here’s a great example of beggars can not be choosers .

Jo josh
October 16, 2023 4:22 pm
Reply to  Alberto Gomez

Those beggars brings you 3 billions dollars in trade surplus per year .. there is a reason why your government is pushing to reopen the border. Just let us see how will you fare with a 4 billions trade deficit… I hope those tourists brings lot and lots of money to offset the loss from the Haitian trades adding to that the increase of unemployment because experts had to layoff workers…

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Jacques Seronde
October 16, 2023 3:43 pm

Thank you
those seem to be important and realistic issues to address

i am an outsider
with deep respect and heart for the strength beauty and truth of Haitien people and Dominican people

how shall it be ?

how can we outsiders support this path of Justice and Truth

Carlos Hernandez
October 16, 2023 3:57 pm

No position to ask for CONDITION., fix your country first.

October 16, 2023 4:03 pm

Do these organization ask their own government for conditions? Why are they asking a foreign one?

Jo josh
October 16, 2023 4:35 pm
Reply to  Franco

Can you guess which country is losing more with that border being closed? Hint it is not Haiti. Why do you think they kept the border closed…. Finding supplier is way easier than finding buyers…

October 16, 2023 5:08 pm

They need to get their own shit together first.

October 16, 2023 7:47 pm

Dead on arrival…

Dave Lopes
October 16, 2023 8:01 pm

I hope DR rejects every demand. We, nationalist Haitians, want a sealed border and not trade of any kind.

October 16, 2023 8:33 pm

Give me a break, they can’t even run their own country. Lost cause,

luis aquino
October 17, 2023 9:15 am

lol, Haiti cant sustain 15 minutes of order to follow any requierement of any agreement..

Ramon Garcia
October 17, 2023 10:11 pm

The poorest country in the region are making demands? Okay..Build the wall, deport all of them and keep the border closed permanently. Trade with more civilize countries in the region. No one can come to any civilize agreement with those people.

October 19, 2023 10:28 pm
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

When you learn what causes your problems, that means you are close to solving them.
The Dominican Republic is the principal root of the Haitian mess.
If we didn’t know, now we know, thanks to Abinader,
a Lebanese tyrant who is now in charge of the Dominican Republic.

October 23, 2023 7:51 pm
Reply to  Meron

How so? Since its birth, Haiti has been led by horrible leaders, plagued by political instability, corruption and bad macroeconomic policies. Remember that, in the 1960’s, both economies were very similar. Today, DR’s economy is 1000% greater than Haiti’s. DR is not the cause of Haiti’s mess, but a constant reminder of the ineptitude of your political class, the apathy of your diaspora and the greed of your elite. Fix these and hopefully you will see a change for the better.

October 27, 2023 5:53 pm

Give these animals NOTHING. These hatians are a blood sucking breed that will suck you dry and then try to rob you for more. DR does not need Haiti. Haiti needs the DR.