Ethnic Cleansing in the Dominican Republic
Haitianos salen por Dajabón hacia su país 6/27/2015 El Caribe: "Los
primeros cuatro ciudadanos haitianos indocumentados, que no fueron acogidos en
el Plan de Regularización de Extranjeros en el país, salieron este viernes por
esta parte de la frontera.Los extranjeros escoltados por dos inspectores de
Migración fueron trasladados a Dajabón procedentes de la ciudad de Santiago, en
una guagua de la empresa Transporte Espinal, con aire acondicionado, la cual
tiene rentada la Dirección General de Migración."
Medina dice que RD no acepta chantaje 6/27/2015 El Caribe: "El presidente Danilo Medina manifestó en Guatemala que la soberanía del país no se pondrá en cuestión ni por un turista más, ni por un centavo más de inversión.Medina explicó al pleno de la XLV Cumbre de Jefes de Estado y de Gobierno del SICA 2015, los pormenores de documentación para mejorar el estatus migratorio de extranjeros en situación irregular en República Dominicana."
Concerns Over “Ethnic Cleansing” in the Dominican Republic 6/26/2015 Costa Rica Star: "“The Community calls on the Dominican Republic authorities” to adhere to the principles of protection of citizenship to Dominicans of Haitian descent, adding that those “persons shall not be rendered stateless,” CARICOM said in a statement. The 15-member regional body has expressed its “human rights concern” on deportation methods applied to people whose nationality has been revoked."
Thousands March on Dominican Consulate to Protest Haitian Deportations 6/26/2015 Miami New Times: "But standing alone across the street was one demonstrator protesting against the Haitians. His sign read "Stop the lies.” A white Dominican attending FIU, Edward Sarrain, arrived from the Domincan Republic a year ago. "They are trying to do harm to the country by saying to boycott Dominican tourism, but really a lot of Haitians work in that sector,” he explains. advertisement When an older Haitian woman heard what he said, she wailed out in tears. "I am so mad, and my emotions are already up to here! It’s so hurtful! So mean!” "
Presidente defiende plan migratorio ante Cumbre SICA 6/26/2015 El Nacional: "La verdad es que en RD más de 350 mil personas se han regularizado - Significó que la verdad es que en República Dominicana más de 350 mil personas han visto regularizada su situación y serán dotadas del estatus documental que les corresponde,"
Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat jointly speak out against Dominican Republic refugee crisis 6/25/2015 Fusion: “The last time something like this happened was Nazi Germany, and yet people are like, shrugging about it,” Diaz told Fusion of the international community’s silence on the matter. “Think about how much fear you would have to feel for you to suddenly pick the fuck up and flee.” Both authors made calls for travelers to think twice about visiting the Dominican Republic, write letters to embassies and politicians in Washington, and to protest Dominican officials when they make regular appearances in the U.S."
Xenophobia in Dominican Republic - Interview on the Global African 6/24/2015 TeleSUR: "Bill Fletcher, host of teleSUR’s The Global African, interviews social rights attorney Elizi Danto, scholar of the African diaspora Dr. Msomi Moor, and member on the board of the Institute of Policy Studies, James Early."
1861: The first time Haiti boycotted the Dominican Republic 6/24/2015 Sentinel: "In Haiti, a boycott was launched. It wasn't so much as cutting off business with the Dominican Republic, it was about not doing business with the Spanish crown. It was needed help because in the D.R., rebels sprang up in the countrysides and began waging guerrilla attacks on the Spanish army. They were outmatched in the cities, hunted in rural regions and the Spanish armada held their waters. They received help from the Haitians living along the then-“ill-defined” Haitian-Dominican border. The Haitians harbored and fed the fighters in homes and farms along the hills and valleys between the countries."
Dominican Republic calls NYC Mayor ‘intolerant, hypocrite' 6/23/2015 Domincan Today: "Dominican ambassador in Washington on Monday called New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s call to boycott Dominican Republic’s tourism an "act of intolerant political hypocrisy."
How to deal with the Dominican Republic 6/23/2015 Jamaica Observer: "According to Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator AJ Nicholson, Jamaica will not support any move for the Dominican Republic to join Caricom if that country's attempt to denationalise hundreds of thousands of its own people is not appropriately resolved. More recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has spoken out on the issue, pointing out that the consequences of expulsion could be devastating. We reiterate that CARIFORUM should undertake a serious review of the Dominican Republic's membership with a view to suspension, and, if necessary, expulsion, if the country insists on this most egregious policy."
The Dominican Republic's mass Haitian deportation reflects its racist history 6/23/2015 The Guardian: "But Trujillo himself had a grandmother of Haitian descent, as had generations of both Dominican elites and working people. Ulises Heureaux, president of the Dominican Republic in the 1880s, was partly of Haitian descent. Popular 20th-century presidential candidate Jose Pena Gomez was adopted into a Dominican family and thought to have had Haitian birth parents who fled Trujillo’s death squads. Haitians and Dominicans come in a myriad of shades, and few of either nationality would get a second look if they were manning the grill at an African American family reunion."
The problem with boycotting the Dominican Republic: why it is not the answer to the human rights crisis 6/22/2015 Huff Post: "A large number of Black Dominicans, most of whom come from Haitian decent, work for cheap to sustain an economy that relies on tourism. Boycotting would essentially make the poor, poorer."
Haiti - Dominican Republic : The exodus of Haitians is growing 6/22/2015 Haiti Libre: "While repatriation by the Dominican authorities have not yet begun, the voluntary departures of Haitian in an irregular migratory situation, which began early last week have greatly increased this weekend."
Cada día hay menos haitianos en las calles del país 6/22/2015 El Caribe, RD: "Sentado en la rotonda del kilómetro 9 de la Autopista Duarte, afirma que aunque puede desplazarse libremente sin temor a ser repatriado, muchos de sus compatriotas que lograron inscribirse en el proceso, han optado por regresar voluntariamente a su tierra, porque ya no tienen dinero para completar la documentación exigida por las autoridades."
Reportan congestión en puestos fronterizos dominicanos 6/21/2015 PL: "Indica que para proteger a los que regresan voluntariamente a su país las autoridades dominicanas formaron brigadas que trabajan para evitar que bandas de delincuentes los asalten en su retirada. Sin embargo, revelan que continúan las quejas por las dificultades en la Dirección General de Aduanas y por los ultrajes de parte de supuestos empleados migratorios, que cobran a muchos haitianos entre mil y cinco mil pesos (entre 22 y 112 dólares) por regresar a su país rápidamente."
Mass deportations of Haitian immigrants from Dominican Republic feared 6/21/2015 CNN: "Wednesday is the deadline for undocumented immigrants in the Dominican Republic to register under the regularization plan or face deportation."
Trabajadores cañeros haitianos tendrán oportunidad de regularizar su estatus en RD 6/21/2015 El Nacional, RD: "El viceministro de Interior y Policía, Washington González, informó este domingo que esa institución le dará una oportunidad de regularizarse a los trabajadores cañeros haitianos que hayan trabajando diez, quince o veinte años en la República Dominicana, “aunque no tengan un documento de identidad, es posible que se les busque una solución”."
Podcast: The Dominican Republic’s Plan to Racially Cleanse the Country of Black Haitians 6/21/2015 Fire Dog Lake: "Army General Ruben Paulino, who leads the immigration agency, said his agency would conduct patrols of neighborhoods with “large numbers of migrants” after June 18. Any “non-citizens,” who were unregistered, would be “repatriated.” The individuals would be loaded on buses, trucks, or ambulances—and then expelled from the country."
Sugarcane workers are poor for failing to organize: Dominican mogul 6/20/2015 Dominican Today: "Sugar mogul Juan Bautista Vicini said the mostly Haitian workers of the sugarcane industry in the Dominican Republic are poor for failing to organize themselves in cooperatives and for not saving money. The workers who for decades have toiled in the Dominican sugar industry, a large part owned by several generations of the Vicini family, have been staging marches and protests during several years to demand a pension from the Dominican government."
Crece inquietud en Caribe por deportación de haitianos en Dominicana 6/20/2015 Radio Habana: "Más países y organizaciones del Caribe expresaron inquietud por la decisión de República Dominicana de deportar a miles de haitianos con sus descendientes y piden revocar la medida por considerarla una forma de apartheid. El ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Trinidad y Tobago, Winston Dookeran, dijo que a su gobierno le preocupa profundamente esa movimiento pues está en juego el respeto de los derechos humanos."
Another Haitian Tragedy 6/20/2015 AfroCubaWeb: "As I write these notes, Haitians are being beaten, threatened with machetes and a massive deportation hangs over their heads. Scorned by those who opened their borders, when they needed cheap labor for the sugarcane, construction and other menial jobs."
CARICOM Member States Urged to Boycott Dominican Republic Products 6/19/2015 Prensa Latina: "In a letter to Caricom chairman, Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie, the Jauvay Ayiti project, based at the University of the West Indies (UWI), expressed shock that the regional body has not commented on the issue and deemed the policy discriminatory."
Haitians abandon Dominican cities to avert deportation 6/19/2015 Dominican Today: "Few Haitians went Friday morning to the areas in and around the capital’s ‘Little Haiti’ where they traditionally do business, while bus and taxi drivers who ply the route from Santo Domingo to nearby provinces said they’re surprised with the low number of those passengers during the last 48 hours."
Stop mass deportation from the Dominican Republic to Haiti 6/19/2015 Al Jazeera: "The Dominican Republic is expected to begin deporting an estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants after the deadline to file paperwork for adjustment of status expired on June 17. The specter of mass deportations has raised alarms about an unfolding humanitarian disaster. Yet the crisis has generated little international attention, much less condemnation from world leaders."
Black lives under attack in the Dominican Republic: Why this crisis deserves our attention 6/19/2015 Griot: "The policy, which violates various international treaties and conventions, is a clear-cut case of ethnic cleansing. It is also the culmination of a rising tide in anti-Haitian sentiment within the Dominican Republic, born out of nearly a century of government-sanctioned prejudice, racist rhetoric and propaganda that openly targets blackness."
Ojo por ojo! 6/18/2015 AfroCubaWeb: "Ha llegado la hora de aplicar la ley universal de diente por diente. Ni un comensal mas en las bodegas, bares y restaurantes Dominicanos en estos lugares. Ningun turista Latino Americano debera visitar Republica Dominicana mientras se mantenga esta ley draconiana y no seamos remisos a denunciar a sus indocumentados en estos paises del mundo en un simple, Ojo por Ojo!"
AJWS on crisis in Dominican Republic: We stand in solidarity with Dominican-born communities and Haitian migrants 6/18/2015 Dominican Today: "Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the leading Jewish international development and human rights organization, issued the following statement in advance of the impending deportation of Dominican-born individuals and Haitian migrants from the Dominican Republic."
Dominican Republic Set to Deport Haitian Migrants 6/17/2015 NYT: "On Monday, Yayine Mesilus was snatched off the streets of her small village in the Dominican Republic and taken back to Haiti, from where she had migrated eight years ago with her little brother to look for work. That, by the government’s own account, was not supposed to have happened. Ms. Mesilus, 29, and other migrant workers in her situation were supposed to have until Wednesday night to register with the Dominican authorities before being deported."
Haitians fear deportation from Dominican Republic as deadline looms 6/17/2015 Reuters: "Human rights groups say the new law could impact hundreds of thousands of these migrants and a smaller number of Dominican-born people of Haitian descent who lost citizenship after a constitutional court ruling in 2013 that has faced international criticism. That ruling reversed the right of citizenship for foreigners born in the Dominican Republic, stripping children of Haitian migrants of their Dominican nationality, human rights groups say."
The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians 6/17/2015 WaPo: "There was a time when that split between the two countries was drawn with blood; the 1937 Parsley Massacre is widely regarded as a turning point in Haitian-Dominican relations. The slaughter, carried out by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, targeted Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian -- or whose inability to roll the "r" in perejil, the Spanish word for parsley, gave them away."
¿Cuánto le cuesta a República Dominicana quedarse sin haitianos? 5/18/2015 El Diario, NY
#BoycottDR - Why you should boycott the Dominican Republic 2/19/2015 Quartz: "In response to the law, many are calling for a boycott of the Dominican Republic. I fully support this effort. Being of Haitian descent, and someone who cares deeply about human rights and racial justice, I cannot in good conscience spend my dollars in a country, or purchase its goods, when it is woefully violating principles that I hold dear. Many of my friends and colleagues have made the same the decision."
Haitian man lynched in Dominican Republic park 2/19/2015 SF Bay View: "In Haiti, the U.S.-installed Martelly dictatorship and its controlled opposition remain silent about this atrocious lynching. The activist-for-hire human rights industry, like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the big NGOs and the U.N., along with the former slave holding nations and Canada have also remained relatively silent about the treatment of Haitians in the Dominican Republic."
Haitian's Lynching Renews Protests Against Dominican Citizenship Law 2/15/2015 WCQS: "A Haitian man was lynched at a public plaza in the Dominican Republic this week. Authorities there say it was the result of a personal dispute, but activists claim it's part of rising racial animus and anti-Haitian attitudes in the Caribbean nation."
Some Dominicans suddenly outsiders in their own country 10/24/2014 CNN: "Some Dominicans who have never traveled outside of their country of birth could suddenly find themselves outsiders. The citizenship of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent may be stripped, the result of a court ruling that affects those who were born to parents who were in the country illegally."
Reembarque / Reshipment, film on the Cuban deportation of Haitians, peliculo sobre la deportación cubana de haitianos. Gloria Rolando, 2014.
Haitians in Cuba,
1937 Parsley Massacre - El Corte - Kouto Kouto A
The Parsley Massacre of 1937, Genocide Memorial Project
The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians 6/17/2015 WaPo: "There
was a time when that split between the two countries was drawn with blood; the
1937 Parsley Massacre is widely regarded as a turning point in Haitian-Dominican
relations. The slaughter, carried out by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo,
targeted Haitians along with Dominicans who looked dark enough to be Haitian --
or whose inability to roll the "r" in perejil, the Spanish word for parsley,
gave them away."
Un mundo destruido, una nación impuesta: La masacre haitiana de 1937 en la República Dominicana 9/1/2014 University of Michigan: "El olvido, y hasta yo diría que el error histórico, son un factor esencial en la creación de una nación, de modo que el progreso de los estudios históricos es a menudo un peligro para [el principio de] la nacionalidad."
Parsley Massacre: The Genocide That Still Haunts Haiti-Dominican Relations 10/15/2012 IB Times: "Under the brutal regime of the Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina, in the fall of 1937, up to as many 20,000 Haitians (perhaps many more) were massacred -- many in the most horrific ways -- by Dominican soldiers and civilians wielding machetes, bayonets and rifles."
The massacre that marked Haiti-Dominican Republic ties 10/13/2012 BBC: "It earned the name the Parsley Massacre because Dominican soldiers carried a sprig of parsley and would ask people suspected of being Haitian to pronounce the Spanish word for it: "perejil". Those whose first language was Haitian Creole found it difficult to say it correctly, a mistake that could cost them their lives."
The Samaná Americans: African Americans in the Dominican Republic
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