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CARICOM support for Haiti’s plight

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

CARICOM support for Haiti’s plight

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HAITI’S BATTLE with the Dominican Republic (DR) over its immigration overhaul is getting the support of CARICOM.

Former chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said the issue bordered on ethnic discrimination.

“The other issue of citizens of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic, that’s an international and human rights issue and there are international and legal positions established for that.

“We cannot accept in the 21st Century in our Caribbean civilisation that citizenship be determined on ethnicity or the origin, the national origin of a people where that national origin is but a cloak for ethnic discrimination,” he said.

At the time Gonsalves spoke, he was standing next to President of Haiti Michel Joseph Martelly following a meeting between the United Nations and CARICOM members on the second day of the 36th Regular Meeting of the Heads of the Caribbean Community at Hilton Barbados.

Please read the full story in today’s Saturday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.