By Ken Richards
KINGSTON, Jamaica (WINN) -- A Haitian activist is calling for the Dominica Republic to be boycotted in the same manner that South Africa was during the apartheid era.
Haitian activist Myrtha Desulme
Myrtha Desulme of the Latin America and Caribbean Haitian Diaspora Federation said the global community should speak out against a September 23 constitutional court ruling that strips mainly Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship.
Desulme's call on Sunday has been echoed by Caribbean News Now
reader Pierre F. Lherisson, who has also called for a boycott of Dominican Republic products
It’s thought that more than 200,000 people could be made stateless by the ruling in Santo Domingo.
Desulme said the decision is racist and abominable, and should not be allowed to stand.
“It leaves about 210,000 people in limbo, who are completely stateless. It is a horrible, it’s a crime against humanity, it is blatant apartheid. It’s their own citizens which they are now refusing to recognize,” Desulme told WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture.
“We have to use the same blueprint which was used for apartheid in South Africa – the entire world has to boycott the Dominican Republic until it accepts to return to the norms of civilized society,” the Jamaica-based Haitian activist said.
The court decision has also been denounced by Barbadian lawyer and activist David Commissiong.
“We need to let them know that we will have very serious reservations about them remaining a member of CARIFORUM if they do not reverse that reprehensible policy,” Commissiong suggested.
Meanwhile, Desulme said her organization is recommending specific action against the Dominican Republic, including a call “for an international boycott of the Dominican Republic and the imposition of trade sanctions”.
The constitutional court ruling has also been strongly condemned by the New York-based Open Society Foundations and other hemispheric organisations, and emerged as a concern for CARICOM.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network