In the following months, an estimated 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descendants are at risk of being deported from Dominican soil. It is the result of the [TC n° 168-13] law sanctioned last September 2013 that rendered a lot of people in the country in legal limbo. Last May 2014, another law was authorized to accommodate these people that were deemed ‘stateless’ a chance to apply for a legal citizenship. The naturalization process was difficult, humiliating, expensive, and most were not successful. This absurd pathway to citizenship ended last February.
Less than 10,000 people were able to apply for citizenship under this new law. Thousands more still face uncertainty and unlawful deportation.
Declaring people ‘stateless’ deprives them of their basic civil rights. Rights that is essential in every human being, regardless of class, race and gender. Despite pressure from national and international human rights organizations, the Dominican government stands firm on their decision. In response, Collectif Haïti de France and Groupe d’Appui aux Réfugiés et Rapatriés (GARR) launched a petition to call on Danilo Medina, President of the Republic of Dominican to respect the fundamental rights of Haitians and Haitian descendants in Dominican with Avaaz.org.
ActionAid Haiti supports this petition and continues to call on people from all race and nations to sign the petition and encourage people to take action on this matter. While the original petition calls for 1,000 signatures, AAH aims for a higher number of signatures and participation to give emphasis on the urgency of the matter.