Amnesty International is calling on the Dominican government to end its racist immigration policy

Santo Domingo, April 2 (EFE).- Amnesty International called on the Dominican government this Tuesday to put an end to the violation of human rights of Haitians, Dominicans of Haitian origin and black people in the application of immigration policies that the organization called. racist.

In an open letter addressed to the President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, and the state institutions, Amnesty International, along with six other organizations such as the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), said that this immigration policy is based on racial discrimination. and produces a discriminatory effect for the racial exclusion of the Haitian and Dominican people.

“The Dominican government has itself announced that more than 250,000 Haitians will be deported in 2023, including people in need of international protection,” Amnesty’s US director said in a statement regarding the open letter. International, Anna Picker.

These collective expulsions “are a clear violation of the international obligations of the Dominican Republic, they endanger the lives and rights of these people. Forced returns to Haiti must be stopped,” he said.

“The government’s sweeping decision to suspend all legal ways for Haitians to work, study or live in the country has had significant consequences, affecting families who are now separated and leaving many people in immigration limbo,” Picker added.

The letter emphasizes that the exclusion of blacks of Haitian and Dominican origin is the result of a series of discriminatory immigration policies, mainly the collective detention and deportation of Haitians, including minors and pregnant and postpartum women.

The signatory organizations call on the authorities to ensure that Haitians have access to asylum procedures, without discrimination, and to renew the legal means of entry and stay in the country for workers, students, family members, asylum seekers and migrants seeking legal residence in the country.

Amnesty International also called on the authorities to investigate reports of racist violence and other human rights abuses allegedly committed by immigration agents, the police and the armed forces.

Also, that they refrain from detaining and deporting pregnant women, minors, and Dominican people of Haitian origin, as well as guaranteeing their right to human rights.

“We have information about serious actions committed by Dominican government officials against the dignity and physical integrity of Haitians, black Dominicans and people of Haitian descent affected by racist practices,” the text said.

According to the organization, instead of protecting these people from “harassment, stigmatization and threats, the Dominican authorities have supported speeches and policies that discriminate against them”.

For Picker, “at this critical juncture, it is imperative that the Dominican Republic commits to creating an anti-racist society where the rights of all people, regardless of their nationality, ancestral origin or immigration status, are fully respected. Respected and protected.”

Source: El Diario

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