BRADES: Following its meeting in Montserrat last Friday, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority expressed its “collective abhorrence at the 23 September 2013 ruling of the constitutional court of the Dominican Republic that effectively renders stateless, thousands of men, women and children mostly of Haitian descent”.
The Authority, in a communiqué, described the decision of the constitutional court as “repulsive and discriminatory”.
“We deeply regret the failure of the government of the Dominican Republic to take corrective measures,” the OECS members said. “Accordingly, we call on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of which our individual countries are also members, to suspend immediately any consideration of the application by the Dominican Republic for membership of CARICOM.”
The member states of the OECS said they would find it extremely difficult to engage with the Dominican Republic in various fora including within the councils of the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) until the ruling has been addressed.
The communiqué also said consideration ought to be accorded by the relevant authorities to the continued participation in the PetroCaribe Agreement of the Dominican Republic until a credible plan of corrective measures be elaborated for implementation in the shortest possible time by the government of the Dominican Republic regarding the issue at hand.
“We also call on other regional and hemispheric organizations such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to speak out unequivocally in condemnation of this ruling. The individual and collective voices of all who believe in and are committed to human rights and justice for all must now be raised to urge the Dominican Republic to right this terrible wrong,” the communiqué concluded.