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Amnesty urges Dominican Republic to suspend court ruling

Monday, November 18, 2013    

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LONDON, England (CMC) — The international human rights group, Amnesty international has again called on the authorities in the Dominican Republic to suspend the implementation of the Constitutional Court ruling until the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) visits the country.

In a release on Thursday, Amnesty International said the ruling should be suspended until the IACHR formulates its recommendations based on the Dominican Republic's international human rights obligations.

Amnesty is also urging the IACHR to "take all necessary measures to protect from racism, xenophobia and violence, persons with actual or supposed foreign origins, as well as human rights defenders, journalists and other individuals who might be at risk for having spoken out against the ruling 0168-13 of the Constitutional Court".

Amnesty says the IACHR should initiate a national consultation with civil society and groups of persons affected by the ruling in order to take all administrative and/or legislative measures possible to restore Dominican nationality to all of those who were deprived of it by the Constitutional ruling.

On Wednesday, well known Caribbean academic, Professor Norman Girvan called on Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines to use his position as a member of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Bureau of regional leaders to seek an emergency meeting of the body to discuss the controversial Constitutional Court ruling in the Dominican Republic and its impact on Haiti.

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