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G2K applauds Caricom's decision



G2K | 2013-11-28 00:00:00

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is today applauding the decision by Caricom to suspend consideration of the request by the Dominican Republic to join the regional bloc. The Organisation notes that the decision of Caricom is based on the repugnant ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court, which threatens to have a catastrophic impact on thousands of Dominicans largely of Haitian descent.

“This appears to be institutionalised Xenophobia largely against Dominicans of Haitian descent and flies in the face of established and accepted international human rights principles. To even contemplate that the Dominican state would allow thousands of Dominicans, including children, to go stateless, is an atrocity of the highest order and must be soundly condemned. As a people we must never forget the words of Martin Luther King Jr that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” said Floyd Green, President of G2K

G2K noted that despite two months having elapsed since the ruling, the Dominican Government has not committed to its non-implementation, or alternatively, is yet to provide a clear response that indicates how Dominicans impacted by this ruling will be protected. The organisation further noted that while condemnation has come from international organisations, responses from individual Caricom member states have been slow in coming, with the noted exception of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“It is unfortunate that Jamaica, Haiti’s closest Caricom neighbour has not taken the lead on this issue. To date, Jamaica has failed to release an official statement condemning the ruling of the court and urging the Dominican Government to take steps to protect Dominicans of Haitian descent” stated Rayharna Wright, Foreign Affairs Chairperson of G2K

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister have dropped the ball on this issue and continue to cede Jamaica’s once undisputed position as leader of the Caribbean community. More so, we believe the Prime Minister missed an excellent opportunity to make an unequivocal statement on the issue during the recent official visit of Haitian President Michel Martelly” continued Wright.

The young professional arm calls on the Government of Jamaica and the Opposition to make it categorically clear to the world that Jamaica is resolutely against any attempt by the Dominican Republic to implement this flawed ruling.

G2K's statement comes against the backdrop of media reports of rising border tensions in the Dominican Republic with more than 200 Haitians being repatriated by the Dominican authorities over the weekend, following violence in the south-western Dominican town of Neiba.

 




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