This country’s Prime Minister has received a letter from the Trinidad and Tobago based mas and consciousness-raising organisation, Jouvay Ayiti, in support of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
The letter follows the September 2013 ruling of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic, which strips Dominican citizenship from immigrants entering the country since 1929 and that of their offspring.
Via media release on Wednesday, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said she has noted with great concern the issues raised in the letter. She says she recognises the difficulty and uncertainty that those persons in the Dominican Republic whose status and rights have been cast in doubt, now face.
In the same breath however, Mrs. Persad Bissessar says she respects the sovereign independence of the Dominican Republic and its Constitutional Court.
The Prime Minister also draws reference to the recent statement on this issue by the Secretary General of the Organisation of the American States (OAS), His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, who affirmed that the OAS (of which Trinidad and Tobago is a member), through its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), “will continue to work…to find a solution with the maximum degree of agreement, the maximum degree of openness and the maximum degree of goodwill”.
The Prime Minister in her current capacity as Chair of CARICOM, said she will continue to monitor developments in the Dominican Republic and will consult with the Bureau of CARICOM and His Excellency Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General of CARICOM, on the best way forward to seek a solution to the issue.