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Petitioning New York City Council Member Annabel Palma and 28 others

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. 

This petition was delivered to:
  • New York State Senate
  • Embassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States
    His Excellency Aníbal de Castro
  • Diputada, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    Adelis de Jesús Olivares Ortega
  • Diputado, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    Alfredo Antonio Rodríguez Azcona
  • Diputado, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    Aurelio Agustín Mercedes Moscat
  • Diputado, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    José Ernesto Morel Santana
  • Diputado, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    Levis Suriel Gómez
  • Diputado, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    Marcos Genaro Cross Sánchez
  • Diputado, Representante de Dominicanos en el Exterior
    Rubén Darío Luna Martínez
  • New York City Council Member
    Melissa Mark Viverito
  • Representative
    Charles Rangel
  • Senator
    Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Senator
    Charles Schumer
  • New York City Council Member
    Julissa Ferreras
  • New York City Council Member
    Ydanis Rodriguez
  • Representative
    Gregory Meeks
  • Representative
    Grace Meng
  • Representative
    Nydia Velazquez
  • Representative
    Hakeem Jeffries
  • Representative
    Jerry Nadler
  • Representative
    Carolyn Maloney
  • Representative
    Joseph Crowley
  • Representative
    Jose Serrano
  • Representative
    Eliot Engel
  • Representative
    Michael Grimm
  • New York City Council Member
    Robert Jackson (New York City Council Member)


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