Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Dominican Republic and proposed further economic cooperation between New York State and the Dominican government. So long as the Dominican government continues its policy of stripping hundreds of thousands of our Dominican brothers and sisters of Haitian descent of their nationality, we cannot support such cooperation with and lend legitimacy to a government that is committing such egregious human rights violations. Read our letter to Governor Cuomo regarding his visit and then call, email, or Tweet to the Governor to let him know you oppose political and economic ties to the Dominican government as long as it continues this injustice.
Tell Governor Cuomo you oppose closer ties to the Dominican Government as long as it continues to violate the basic rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent! Feel free to draw on the points below:
Gov. Cuomo went to the Dominican Republic in search of Latino voters’ support in the upcoming election. As New York residents and voters, we strongly oppose the governor’s visit to the Dominican Republic, which not only ignored the plight of Dominicans of Haitian descent who are fighting for their basic human rights, but also lent political legitimacy to a President and a cadre of political leaders that are callously and systematically violating those rights.
As our elected representative, Gov. Cuomo should not lend political legitimacy to a government that has been condemned repeatedly by international human rights bodies for its policy of stripping hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their nationality. Just last week the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Dominican government violated the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent and ordered it to take immediate legal and administrative remedies to restore their nationality rights. The Dominican government has responded by rejecting the ruling and calling into question the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, proving itself to be an irresponsible member of the international community and declaring its unequivocal contempt for human rights and the regional and international institutions that were built decades ago through hard-fought consensus in order to protect human rights.
The international community takes the problem of statelessness very seriously and has taken numerous steps to try to reduce its prevalence around the world. The Dominican government has instead added to the problem by rendering hundreds of thousands of its own citizens stateless for no other reason than the migratory status of their parents. The Dominican government has systematically pursued a policy of revoking the nationality of hundreds of thousands of citizens born on Dominican territory since 1929, retroactively declaring them foreigners and stripping them of basic rights. As our elected representative, we demand that the Governor of New York State be an advocate for those who are struggling to defend their fundamental rights, instead of aligning himself with the government that is committing this grave injustice.
4. Under no circumstance should Gov. Cuomo use the tax dollars of New York State residents to establish economic ties with the Dominican government while it continues to shamefully violate the rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
Gov. Cuomo has proposed establishing trade missions to foster economic development in the Dominican Republic. It should not be the policy of New York State to finance in any way, shape, or form a government that openly and shamefully violates the rights of the most vulnerable segment of its population. Gov. Cuomo must not make the people of New York State complicit with the injustices being perpetrated by the Dominican government.