Thursday, November 28, 2013

Is the Dominican Republic about to pay the price for anti-Haitian violence?

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. Regional blowback, in the form of possible sanctions by the Caribbean Community (Caricom), could add to the already intense international pressure faced by Dominican President Danilo Medina’s government.

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