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US voices concern about Dom Rep court ruling

Published: Monday December 23, 2013 | 11:02 am Comments 0

The United States has for the first time expressed concern about a controversial Dominican Republic court decision that essentially strips nationals of Haitian citizenship.

A US Department of State spokeswoman has said the Obama administration has urged that the issues involving the court ruling be expeditiously addressed, in a humane way.

The official said the Dominican Republic government is to do this by continuing close consultation with international partners and civil society.

In a September 23 ruling, the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court ruled to retroactively strip citizenship from anyone born in the country to undocumented parents dating back to 1929.

The Dom Rep has defended the court's decision arguing that it ends uncertainty for children of Haitian immigrants, allowing them to apply for residency and eventually for citizenship.

Last week, news emerged that Haiti and the Dominican Republic agreed to establish a joint commission to discuss the migration problem caused by Constitutional Court ruling.

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