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Dom Rep urged not to deprive nationality rights to citizens of Haitian origin

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2013 | 9:17 AM

The United Nations human rights office has urged the Dominican Republic to take all necessary measures to ensure that citizens of Haitian origin are not deprived of their right to nationality in light of a recent court ruling.



Last week the country’s 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.



The UN says it is extremely concerned that the ruling may deprive tens of thousands of people of nationality and have a very negative impact on their other rights.



It adds that the decision could have disastrous implications for people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, leaving them in a state of constitutional limbo and without access to basic services for which identity documents are required.



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