We Are All Dominican is a group of university students and young community members who have joined forces with scholars, educators and community activists in NYC to denounce the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip tens of thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands, of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their nationality, violating fundamental human rights.
- While the ruling addresses children born to foreigners in general terms, 92% of those impacted are Dominicans of Haitian descent. We are alarmed by the decades long process that has sought to strip an entire ethnic group of their right to an education, employment, social services, as well as the right to vote and equal protection under the law. This decision is rendering an entire group of people stateless.
- We are in solidarity with all migrants in the Dominican Republic and denounce any form of violence regardless of their legal status. At the same time we want to ensure that Dominicans of Haitian descent are legally recognized as Dominican nationals and not migrants as the DR proposes to do.
- More than ever we need to support activists in the Dominican Republic who are facing threats and being called traitors for demanding that their human rights be respected. We are greatly disappointed by the position taken by Dominican nationalist groups, which doesn’t allow for an open dialogue. Although many want to construe it that way, this is not about who can prove to be the most Dominican. This is about standing up for what is right.
- We are advocating for an inclusive Dominican national identity that recognizes and celebrates our diversity. We seek to speak truth to the ongoing campaign of misinformation that wants to construe this as an issue of sovereignty and border security. We want to encourage the Dominican and Haitian diaspora to take action against these discriminatory policies.
- We also urge the President to work together with Dominicans affected by the ruling, human rights groups and civil society activists to find a solution to the grave social and political crisis that has followed the ruling, by restoring citizenship and other rights that the court ruling seeks to nullify.
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