Act to Prevent the denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Defend the human rights of ALL Dominicans and immigrants.
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On September 23, the Dominican Republic’s Tribunal Constitution issued a decision that stripped the citizenship of Dominicans born to immigrants without legal status, of which the vast majority are Haitian. A government census earlier this year suggest that as many as 210,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent could be stripped of their Dominican citizenship. The Dominican Constitution of 2010, although it declares that children of those “who are in transit or reside illegally” in the country are not citizens, recognizes the citizenship of those who were citizens prior to the date the new Constitution went into effect (Art. 18). The Constitution also prohibits the application of laws retroactively (Art. 110).
Resolution 168/13 violates fundamental human rights such as the right to a nationality and the right to exercise other political, economic, and social rights that come with citizenship. The decision violates principles of international law by arbitrarily stripping people of their nationality and applying a law retroactively. We advocate for an inclusive Dominican national identity that recognizes and celebrates our diversity. As Dominican-Americans, we oppose this attempt by the Constitutional Tribunal to exclude our Dominican brothers and sisters of Haitian descent and deprive them of their basic rights.
We call upon the Dominican State to prevent the denationalization of persons born in Dominican territory, who are integral to Dominican society, and to respect the human rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent and of Haitian migrants, in accordance with the Constitution of the Dominican Republic, the 2005 ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and international human rights treaties signed by the Dominican government.
We call upon elected officials representing New York City to formally denounce Dominican Tribunal Court’s Resolution 168/13 by passing a resolution that defends the civil and human rights of Dominicans with immigrant parents in Dominican Republic.
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