G2K: Jamaica should intervene in Haiti/Dom Rep citizenship issue
Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says the Government needs to play a stronger role in the controversial matter were hundreds of Haitians will be rendered stateless.
G2K says it is unfortunate that Jamaica, Haiti’s closest CARICOM neighbour, has not taken the lead in this issue.
The Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic ruled in September that the children of undocumented migrants going back to 1929 are not eligible for citizenship.
G2K President Floyd Green says the ruling flies in the face of established and accepted international human rights principles.
Green says given the long relationship between Jamaica and Haiti, the Portia Simpson Miller-led Administration should be at the forefront in helping to resolve this controversial issue.
He says he is disappointed that Jamaica and other CARICOM states have said little about the court ruling.
Green says the Prime Minister missed an excellent opportunity to make an unequivocal statement on the issue during the recent official visit of Haitian President Michel Martelly to Jamaica.
CARICOM issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the suspension of the consideration of Dominica Republic’s request for membership of the regional body.
CARICOM says the constitutional court ruling violates the Dominican Republic’s international human rights obligations.
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