Friday, December 13, 2013

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines PM Gonsalves to make Dominican Republic racism a priority as CARICOM Chairman

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has indicated that the Dominican Republic citizenship problem will be one of his priorities when he takes over as CARICOM Chairman in January. “It’s one of the many priorities. We can’t just drop it – Haiti is a member of CARICOM, the Dominican Republic is in CARIFORUM, they are within our sea space and landscape, they are part of our Caribbean civilization. It has to be dealt with”.

Dr Gonsalves has been pressing for sanctions to be imposed on Santo Domingo, over the constitutional court ruling that could strip the citizenship of tens of thousands of Dominicans, mainly those of Haitian descent. “Shouldn’t you be passionate about it? Shouldn’t every single human being who treasures human rights be passionate about it?” the Vincentian leader responded when asked why he felt it necessary to take a strong stand on that matter.

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