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Haiti disappointed by Dom Rep court ruling removing citizenship rights

Published: Wednesday October 9, 2013 | 9:37 am Comments 0

Haitian officials have expressed strong disagreement with a Dominican Republic court ruling that denies citizenship to children of Haitian migrants.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it deeply regrets that Haitians and their Dominican descendants who have contributed significantly to the current progress of the Dominican Republic for their work and sacrifice are now treated as foreigners in transit.

It says the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court ruling violates several international laws, agreements and covenants, including a 2005 Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling.

The Haitian Foreign Ministry is urging the Dominican Republic to address in an objective and fair manner the role of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the country.

Last week, the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court ruled that the children of undocumented migrants, who have been in the Dominican Republic and registered as Dominicans as far back as 1929, cannot have Dominican nationality as their parents are considered to be in transit.

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