CARICOM defers Dom Reps application to join regional group
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has deferred consideration of an application by the Dominican Republic to join the regional group.
The decision follows the fallout over a ruling of the Constitutional Court that could render stateless, thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic.
The Constitutional Court in Santo Domingo has ruled in favour of stripping citizenship from children of Haitian migrants born after 1929.
The CARICOM membership application by the Dominican Republic was discussed at a meeting of the leaders of the three-member CARICOM Bureau.
The CARICOM Bureau comprises StVincent and the Grenadines, Hait and host country Trinidad and Tobago.
The group says it will be seeking to discuss the matter of the court ruling with several bodies including the Association of Caribbean States and the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States.
CARICOM chairman and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar told a news conference that regional leaders are looking forward to the outcome of the visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to the Dominican Republic in early December.
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