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AFRICANGLOBE - In September 2013, a high court in the Dominican Republic ruled that anyone born after 1929 to undocumented people were not Dominican citizens; some 200,000 people are now at risk of being deported and becoming stateless, the majority of them Black.
AFRICANGLOBE - Anti-Haitian sentiments are common in the Dominican Republic and Haitians have always been used as a scape goat for all the country’s social and economic problems. Over the past couple of weeks, the Dominican government has been rounding up Haitians, placing them in boats and dumping them on the shores of Haiti. In many cases Haitian officials are not even informed about the arrivals. This is a human tragedy.
AFRICANGLOBE - The next time that someone is considering a real estate investment in the Dominican Republic, they should think twice. A Dominican Republic court order threatens to force more than 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians from their homes in an effort that many human rights watchers have called modern-day ethnic cleansing.
AFRICANGLOBE - Like most Dominicans, Roque Feliz has skin that, while dark, is not quite what his countrymen would call "black." A heavyset man with full lips and close-cropped gray hair, Feliz says his mother told him never to marry a Black woman, even though his father was Black. “‘We have to refine our race,’ she used to tell me,” Feliz said in an interview.
AFRICANGLOBE - As the Dominican Republic gears up to deport some 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent, children who actually live and have roots there may be loaded onto buses and taken from the only home they’ve ever known.
AFRICANGLOBE - The womb of Hispaniola is in pain and, by tomorrow, could be a war zone. The hate against Haitians in the Dominican Republic has become increasingly alarming. As we have gotten closer to the deportation deadline, hate crimes have been very visible, with Haitians being lynched in broad daylight.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Dominican Republic’s decision to denationalize hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent has sparked international outcry. In an interview with Democracy Now!, Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat spoke about the significance of the government’s campaign—she is among several writers who condemned the decision in a letter to The New York Times.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Dominican government launched the program after international criticism of a 2013 ruling by its Supreme Court that people born in the country to non-citizens all the way back to 1929 did not qualify for citizenship, effectively stripping tens of thousands of Black Dominicans of Haitian descent of their nationality.
AFRICANGLOBE - On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in the Dominican Republic, supposedly a paradise of European development, a Haitian man named Henry Claude Jean, known as “Tulile,” a humble shoe shine worker, was found hanging in a park in Santiago, his hands and feet bound. Tulile, a humble shoe shiner, did not deserve to die, much less in this provoking manner. We wish steel courage to all Haitians and Dominicans who have to face this sort of mindless Nazism and white supremacist mindset in the Dominican Republic.
AFRICANGLOBE - Haiti is often described as a cradle of Black pride in the Americas, so as we celebrate, lets take a minute to reflect on the country's importance. When it gained independence in 1804, Haiti was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean. But beyond that, it became the only nation in the world established as the result of a successful slave revolt, as well as the second republic in the Americas.
AFRICANGLOBE - Haiti and the Dominican Republic will meet next month in an effort to resolve questions over a widely debated court decision that could render thousands of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry stateless, Haiti's foreign minister said Thursday.
AFRICANGLOBE - In recent days, hundreds of Haitians have been expelled by Dominican authorities — and many continued to leave voluntarily Monday — after violence broke out in the southwestern Dominican border town of Neiba in response to the fatal stabbing of an elderly couple in an apparent home burglary. Residents later lynched a Haitian man, Haitian officials said.
AFRICANGLOBE - On September 23, 2013, the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic ruled that the children of “irregular” migrants born in the Dominican Republic after June 21st, 1929 would be stripped of their Dominican citizenship. The ruling – which could render 250,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless – came as a result of a challenge by Juliana Deguis Pierre against the Dominican Electoral Board.
AFRICANGLOBE - The Dominican Republic says it will no longer meet with Haitian officials to talk about an illegal court ruling that could strip Dominican citizens of Haitian heritage living in the country of their Dominican citizenship.
AFRICANGLOBE - The resurgence of anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic made itself visible in recent weeks following the controversial citizenship ruling passed by the highest Dominican court in October. Now, after a case of mob violence this past Saturday that resulted in the lynching of a Haitian man and the mass expulsion of hundreds of migrants, the situation appears to be getting progressively more fraught.
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