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St Vincent PM to make Dominican Republic a priority as CARICOM chairman
Published on December 11, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ken Richards

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, has indicated that the Dominican Republic citizenship problem will be one of his priorities when he takes over as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman in January.

“It’s one of the many priorities. We can’t just drop it – Haiti is a member of CARICOM, the Dominican Republic is in CARIFORUM, they are within our sea space and landscape, they are part of our Caribbean civilization. It has to be dealt with,” he said.

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Dr Ralph Gonsalves
Gonsalves has been pressing for sanctions to be imposed on Santo Domingo, over the constitutional court ruling that could strip the citizenship of tens of thousands of Dominicans, mainly those of Haitian descent.

“Shouldn’t you be passionate about it? Shouldn’t every single human being who treasures human rights be passionate about it?” the Vincentian leader responded when asked why he felt it necessary to take a strong stand on that matter.

“You are born in a country and you are being discriminated in respect of not getting the citizenship because of the origin of your parents or fore-parents or because of your race?” Gonsalves told WINN FM while commenting on the matter.

“How could, in heaven’s name, that you be in transit in a country since 1929 – that’s rubbish,” he said.

The Dominican Republic this past weekend rejected an Organisation of American States (OAS) report that accuses the government of discrimination following the September 23 constitutional court ruling. In its report following a five day visit to Santo Domingo, the OAS’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the Caribbean country was deciding people’s nationalities based on private arbitration.

Commission president Jose de Jesus Orozco said the organization received nearly 4,000 testimonies and complaints from people affected by the court ruling, according to the Associated Press news agency. AP reports that the administration of President Danilo Medina criticized the report in a statement and said the finding was a “subjective, partial and unilateral version” of the issue. Officials in the Dominican Republic continue to defend the constitutional court ruling that states that those born in the Dominican Republic since 1929 to foreigners living illegally in the country are not automatically granted citizenship. The government statement said that Santo Domingo was acting in accordance with the constitution, and it would follow the court’s ruling.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
 
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Comments:

Peter Binose:

CARICOM should apply its own sanctions to CUBA. They have got the worst human rights record in the Caribbean. Their people are enslaved, black Cubans are second rate citizens. All major government posts are held by white Cubans of Spanish extractions.

There are hundred of political prisoner, held in filthy rat and insect infected prisons.

There plenty of disappeared people who’s family have been searching for years their whereabouts, alive or dead, they just want to know.

Cuba is a rogue state, led by people who are little more than Marxist dictators, whilst those people like the Castro’s are billionaires, the working man gets the equivalent of US$30 dollar a month, no not a day, a month.

Cuba is idolised by some of the Caribbean's leaders, people who have been indoctrinated with Marxist crap, an ideology that is practiced by those who equal the evil of the Cuban leaders.

Its time to rid ourselves of such scum, its time to dump them and get back to real decency, decent god loving people who would never use the word Obeah in the same sentence, paragraph or speech as the name of our Lord, God, Jesus.

Its quite right to go after helping Haitian Dominicans, but is equally or perhaps even more so to go after a crap state and its crap leaders such as the Castro's.

Please don't mistake what I say, I love Cuban people, white and black. I just hate the system which one can equal or more than equal to apartheid and fascism mixed with their kind of unacceptable crap form of Marxism.

Any Caribbean leader who worships, or simply supports such a regime as the Cuban regime, should be sent to Cuba to live. We can even afford to send them each month a payment to live on of US$30 a month.

jesus dinzey:

Mr. PM Gonsalves , is not people living in transit from 1929; it is same naturalization rule since 1929, you way to understand is creating the unhumanity you see, it is not discrimination to black people because WE ARE BLACK PEOPLE, it is not refusing nationality to people with a right to have it is BEGINING TO ORGANIZE THE UNDOCUMENTED FOREIGN COMMUNITY. however, you may know that for the hatians whaterver intend to organize them made in Dominican Republic will be interpreted as a banning and discrimination from the country, because for decades hatian people is accustomed to be unadverted everywhere (phobia created by papa doc) and thus work and survive. to undestand what happens in DR you may have to come and observe by yourself in a unpartial condition yor speech only showed your disgust for the dominican republic based on what you heard from hatians, you lost your judge condition when you said that your words did not express your entire disgust,.. you lied when you said you love Dominican Republic, how can you love a disgusting thing? there is more than 1 million undocumented haitians in the dominican republic, and they need to be regulated,time will show you were wrong , what it hurts is you won't be there to see it.



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