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On September 23, 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court retroactively revoked the nationality of all black Dominicans of foreign descent going back to 1929. On October 23, 2013, the National Immigration Council, headed by President Danilo Medina, reiterated its commitment to implement the ruling within thirty days. According to Dominican constitutional law experts, the Court decision violates basic international law, Dominican constitutional law, and thirteen articles of their current constitution. All Dominican constitutions through 2010 based nationality on the Jus Soli – if you are born in the Dominican Republic, you are Dominican. The Court ruling violates four international conventions: 1) the convention on the elimination of race discrimination; 2) the convention on the elimination of discrimination against women; 3) the convention on the rights of the child; and 4) the universal declaration of human rights. The ruling effectively renders Haitian Dominicans and other citizens stateless, depriving them of their civil, civic, inheritance, and property rights.
“During the 1937’s Perejil Massacre, a minority of D.R. ultra-nationalists murdered some 30,000 Dominicans of Haitian decent, proffering that Dominicans of Haitian decent were NOT Dominicans because they are “BLACK,” said Dr. Bernier Lauredan, chairman of the committee. “This Ruling lays the ground for similar ethnic cleansing,” he added.