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Dominican Republic taking steps to address citizenship issue
Published on May 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (WINN) -- The Dominican Republic has taken concrete steps to address the problem of statelessness for Dominicans of Haitian descent that was created by a constitutional court ruling last September.

The Dominican senate has unanimously approved a bill that will set up a system to grant citizenship to Dominican-born children of immigrants.

The bill had already been approved by the lower house last Friday.

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina
It was proposed by the country’s president after the highest court in Santo Domingo ruled last year that the children of undocumented migrants were not automatically eligible for Dominican nationality.

The ruling drew international criticism and soured relations with Haiti.

In introducing the proposed remedy, President Danilo Medina had urged lawmakers to pass the bill swiftly to create "a country without exclusion and without discrimination".

The new law will create different categories for people, depending on when they were born and whether they have documents proving they were born in the Dominican Republic.

Journalist Jean Michel Caroit told WINN FM that there has been mixed reaction to the proposed solution

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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