Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Haiti, Dominican Republic hold more talks but avoid DR racist Immigration policy

The governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic are set to hold the second round of talks in Jimani on Monday, but this time without the immigration issue on the agenda.

A whirlwind of debate was created recently after a Dominican Republic ruling which, once implemented, will strip tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship and put them in a limbo of statelessness. The ruling is being condemned as racist and inhumane by human rights groups.

César Dargam, deputy foreign minister for economic affairs, said the commissioners from the two countries will deal with the issues of trade, agriculture and the environment.

During the first meeting held at Ouanaminthe, Haiti, on Jan. 7, the two states had agreed not to include the immigration issue, and would continue addressing it in a second meeting.

In the meantime, the issue remains a hotly debated topic. Human rights advocate Peter Flegel opines in a piece titled Dominican Republic: Justifying the unjustifiable :

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