Dominican Republic

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has been working on the right to nationality in the Dominican Republic for over a decade. In 2006, we recognized Sonia Pierre, a leader in the movement against decades of state-sponsored discrimination by the Dominican government against Dominicans of Haitian descent, as our Human Rights Award Laureate, and partnered with her to amplify her work.  

Today, we continue to advocate for the right to nationality of Dominicans of Haitian descent in light of more recent obstacles, including a 2013 Constitutional Court decision, Judgment 168-13, that retroactively stripped hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their Dominican citizenship and a 2014 law, Law 169-14, that has failed to deliver on its promise of solutions for those affected by the decision. 

As Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights wrote about in our May 2017 report, “Dreams Deferred: The Struggle of Dominicans of Haitian Descent to Get Their Nationality Back,”without nationality documents, many Dominicans of Haitian descent promised restored citizenship under Law 169-14 face obstacles in basic activities, including getting health insurance, finding stable employment, and enrolling in university, despite being born in and living their entire lives in the Dominican Republic. They are also often unable to register their children as Dominican citizens, which means that these issues persist for future generations.

Generaciones en riesgo de apatridia
Entrevista a la abogada María Bizenny sobre la desnacionalización de personas dominicanas de ascendencia haitiana
Generations at risk of statelessness
An interview with Attorney María Bizenny on denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian descent
Human Rights Organizations Urge the Dominican Republic to Respect & Protect the IASHR
Five years later: nothing but broken promises
The Dominican Republic will have to respond on human rights obligations before the United Nations
New Advocacy Manual on Right to Nationality in the Dominican Republic
Dreams Still Deferred: Assessing the Situation One Year After Our Report on Denationalization in the Dominican Republic
Briefing: 'Dreams Deferred' describes journey of those affected by Dominican Judgment 168/13
Dominican@s por Derecho open letter to President Medina on anniversary of Judgment 168-13
Judgment 168-13: Four Years Later
Dreams Deferred: The Struggle of Dominicans of Haitian Descent to Get Their Nationality Back
Why Dominicans of Haitian descent struggle to have their nationality recognized
Organizations call on Dominican government to investigate attack on human rights defender
Rights for Dominican women regress to the 19th Century
On anniversary of Judgment 168-13, Dominican Republic must restore citizenship to Dominicans of Haitian descent
Dominican Republic must restore citizenship rights to Dominicans of Haitian Descent
Briefing: The situation in the Dominican Republic
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights submits amicus brief defending decriminalization of abortion in Dominican Republic