DR Supreme Court strips naturalized Haitians of their nationality

This past Monday, September 23th, the Constitutional Court (CC) of the Dominican Republic issued a sentence that denies Dominican nationality to anyone born in the country whose parents were undocumented at the time of their registration of birth. The ruling will affect anyone born in the country since 1929. Essentially, the State will strip nationality from four generations of people who during eight decades were registered as Dominicans under the Constitution and existing laws.


This ruling, in violation of at least fifteen articles of the Dominican Constitution, is using racial discrimination to deny nationality. It will affect thousands of Dominicans of diverse origins, especially those of Haitian descent whom the State has already been stripping of Dominican identity documents since 2007.

If you do not agree with this ruling, we ask for your support by taking one of the following actions:

  1. Share this message on your Facebook wall attached to this video: http://youtu.be/izSLTrTaKRk
  2. Use the hashtag #EsoNoSeHaceRD y #SentenciaTC to foster discussion on Twitter
  3. Join us in solidarity during our public demonstrations to be held in the next few days
  4. Sign our online petition at (english version available): https://secure.avaaz.org/es/petition/Evitar_el_despojo_de_la_nacionalidad_y_garantizar_los_DDHH_de_dominicanosas_de_ascendencia_haitiana_en_Rep_Dominicana/?copy
  5. Send the message below to the President of the Dominican Republic (info@presidencia.gob.do) with a copy to the Constitutional Court (contacto@tc.gob.dosecretaria@tc.gob.do)

Mr. Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic

We ask you to protect Dominicans affected by the ruling of the Constitutional Court, declaring that the rights that they have acquired and that are enshrined in the Constitution and international agreements signed by the country cannot be violated.

Stripping Dominican nationality from thousands born to migrant parents violates fifteen articles of the Constitution, subjects the country to international sanctions, and most importantly, exacerbates the exclusion of thousands of people who remain without nationality, documentation or legal status.

Mr. President, I Do Not Support the Ruling of TC


You can also follow some of the organizations fighting against the Ruling on Twitter @CentroBono, @reconoci_do, @mudhalegal, @MOSCTHA, @CEDAIL, @CNDHrd.


We are counting on you to stop this injustice.


Katherine Mayall

Posted on October 7, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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