Haiti 'Strongly Disagrees' with Dominican Republic Migrant Ruling

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti says it "strongly disagrees" with a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that strips citizenship from the children of Haitian migrants.

The Haitian government has been mostly silent on the court decision but announced this week that it was recalling its ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

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.

Haiti's foreign affairs ministry claimed that the court decision violates several international laws and agreements, including a 2005 decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

The foreign affairs ministry released the statement Saturday.

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