Haitian government 'strongly disagrees' with migrant ruling
APPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti--Haiti said Saturday that it “strongly disagrees” with a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that strips citizenship from the children of Haitian migrants.
October 7, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The Haitian government had been mostly silent on the court decision that threatens to render hundreds of thousands of people stateless but announced this week that it was recalling its ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply regrets that Haitians and their Dominican descendants who have contributed significantly to the current progress of the Dominican Republic for their work and sacrifice are now treated as foreigners in transit,” the statement said.
The Dominican Republic's Constitutional Court ruled last week that it will block citizenship for thousands of people born to Haitian migrant workers since 1929. This could affect about 300,000 people, the bulk of them Dominican-born people of Haitian descent.