Target: Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic
Goal: Don’t deport hundreds of thousands of people just because they are of Haitian ancestry.
Hundreds of thousands of black people are having their citizenship stripped and are facing deportation from the Dominican Republic just because their parents were Haitian. This is an atrocious violation of these peoples’ civil rights and is based on nothing but anti-black racism. Demand that the Dominican Republic stop its anti-Haitian persecution.
Animosity between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been an issue for almost two centuries. Unfortunately, this animosity has often been racialized on the part of the Dominican Republic, which went so far as to enforce limits on the number of black people who could travel into the country in 1912, and even launched what many consider to be a genocide against Haitians in its borders in 1937, killing up to 30,000 people.
Unfortunately this animosity has not abated. In 2013, the country stripped the citizenship of every person born in its borders of Haitian parents since 1930. Now, reports are surfacing that suggest the government is planning to deport all those Dominicans of Haitian descent who do not have proper paperwork indicating their residency as foreigners. As if this indication of the government’s racist intent was not clear enough, its criteria for those to be deported across the border into Haiti are simply “dark-skinned Dominicans with Haitian facial features.”
That’s right—anywhere between 100,000 to 300,000 people could be deported from their home country just because of their skin color and the way their face looks. This is outrageous and must be put to an end. Sign the petition below to demand that Dominican President Danilo Medina immediately stop persecuting the people of Haitian descent in his country.
Dear President Medina,
I am writing you today regarding your country’s plans to deport hundreds of thousands of people just because they are of Haitian descent. This is unacceptable and must be ended.
Your country has been on a witchhunt against Haitians and people of Haitian descent for centuries. The world has not forgotten the Parsley Massacre of 1937, when your country attempted to rid itself entirely of Haitians. Indeed, your most recent efforts indicate that the government of the Dominican Republic’s goals haven’t changed at all since that genocide.
There is no excuse for stripping Dominicans whose parents were Haitian of their citizenship and forcing them back across the border to Haiti. Regardless of whatever legal technicalities your country has put into effect, these people were born and raised in the Dominican Republic and have lived in the country for their entire lives—they are just as Dominican as you are. Their skin color and “Haitian facial features” don’t change that.
This purge that your country is poised to launch is unjust, racist, and immoral. It will rightfully receive widespread international condemnation. I demand that you immediately stop your government’s persecution of Dominicans of Haitian descent and cease this outrageous mass deportation.
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