Inter-American Human Rights Court rules in favor of girls of Haitian descent
SANTO DOMINGO.- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDR) condemned the Dominican State to pay US$22,000 in damages to the children Dilcia Yean and Violeta Bosico, and to their mothers, for failing to issue their birth certificates.
The children were left in a state of persons without a country for more than four years in violation of articles 20 and 24 of the American Convention.
Both children will receive 8,000 dollars, whereas their mothers, Leonidas Oliven Yean and Tiramen Bosico Cofi, will receive a total of 6,000 for costs and expenses, as well as a payment to the Movement of Haitian Haitian-Dominican (MUDHA), to the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), and to the International Human Rights Law Clinic, School of Law, University of Californian at Berkeley, to compensate the expenses made by these during the process.
The sentence for damages was handed down on September 8, but presented yesterday in the country, and stipulates that the Dominican State must publish, within six months, counted from the notification in the official newspaper and another newspaper of national circulation, at least once, the corresponding facts with the decisive points.
The court, with its headquarters in Costa Rica, also orders that the State conducts an act witnessed by a notary public, of recognition of international responsibility and apologize to the victims Dilcia Yean and Violeta Bosico, and to their mothers Leonidas Oliven Yean, Tiramen Bosico Cofi and Teresa Tucent Mena, sister.
In this act, also in a term of six months, State authorities, the victims and their relatives will have to participate, as well as representatives from the media (radio, presses and television).
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights received the case in the Spanish language in 1998 by Genaro Rincon Mieses and Sonia Pierre, of (MUDHA), whereas the English version was submitted in 1999 by Rincon Mieses and Maria Claudia Pulido, of CEJIL; as well as Laurel Fletcher and Roxana Althoolz, representatives of the University of Californian at Barkeley.
From: San Pedro de Macoris
The Dominican Republic should go to hell!! The Dominican Republic is the cause of all of haiti's problems and it is a plague in the region, but we will end that soon.
From: NEW YORK
VERY WELL DONE, WE CAN'T DENIED THE BIRTH RIGHT TO THIS KIDS, BECAUSE THEY DON'T DO IT TO US IN THE U.S.A OR ANY WHERE I THE WORLD.
what about japan that doesn't recognize the same rights
if the parents are not 100% japanese, this kind of imposing and abusing behavior has to be stopped because then the next thing is that other countries are going to dictate us how to manage our country to their pleasure and convenience.
Time for Dominican Republic to wake up and no being an international pawn to the haitian belfare and intererest.GOD BLESS QUISQUEYA LA BELLA......
From: Lawrence, MA
Congratulation to those Haitian mothers for fighting for their right, we are belong to where we were borned, there for our nationality, I don't understand what do they mean by children without a country? This is the most stupid and silly expression that I ever heard. People don't think that there are international laws that protect the Human Eights. What about if they try to do samething to all the illega Dominicans in this country? We should treat people the same way we like to be treatte
Carlito, you are in my country and if you and your supporters don't like the LAWS of my country, if you hate my people, you should get the hell out of here! You can see their mentality right there. The DR should NOT be controlled by foreign laws, period. If you don't like it, get the hell out!!
That is a shame, if those kids were born in the Dominican Republic, then they are Dominicans. To stop this problem, the Dominican Government should control ilegal immigration, however, once a kid is born in our land, he or she is considered Dominican. Thanks.
From: santo domingo
Carlito you must be haitian, i defen the haitian, because the have a very bad life in DR, but tha dosent means we gave suport that. I dont like ilegal haitian in my country, i thing that what we have to do , is to help haiti, trying to make a better place for then, because i known the wanna live intheir country, but they cant because they dont have oportunties over there, and this is exacly what they oportunities.(i dont known english very but, but im learning)
From: Lehman College, N.Y. City
I'm extremely glad that PENALTY was imposed on the Dominican Republic!!! I now certainly hope that this DECISION will both compelled and coerced our CORRUPT POLITICICIANS yo seriously consider and revise our present IMMIGRATION policies not oonly concerning HAITI but also CUBANS, COLUMBIANS and many others who have found a safe HEAVEN in the dominican Republic.
From: new york
To the lawyers for the Human rights grouups that brought this law suit...I hope that now u will present the same argument inthe world courts against JAPAN. I am waiting..or is it that the DR is such an easy target. Carlito if u are Haitian living in the DR you are welcome to stay. However it is most unwise to involve yourself with the internal politics of a country that is not your own. Carlito follow the law keep your nose clean & most of all ASSIMILATE yourself into Dominican culture;or leav
From: Washington, DC
To the author that wrote this articel FLASHNEWS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS NOT A "STATE" WE ARE NOT PART OF THE U.S. OR ANYBODY ELSE. and Carlito if you don't like it go back to haiti, and help your country, we don't need you here.
From: new york
Justo: a safe haven for colombians and cubans? For your information the cubans and colombians living in the DR are illegals;brought to the DR thru illegal immigration schemes. Now the real question is what do these foreigners bring (in a positive way) to the DR? I am not sure of your meaning to revamp the immigration services . To what end? What persecution are the Columbians fleeing? All they bring to the DR is drug dealing/money laundering & kidnapping schools established in the DR.
From: new york
send them home. Or let them in to the USA. Maybe you could have some new classmates at Lehman next semester.
From: New York
The kind of nationalism that is expressed by those who say that if we do not like the country we should leave cause the problems existing today. Calling for prosecution of Japan is hypocritical, since some of you like to think that the DR was right in denying citizenship. The DR has not complied; do not call for Japan's prosecution if your country is blatantly disrespecting the international community, an entire country and its people, as well as the human rights.
Well said mi pana! It's about human rights. Also please not forget that we are speaking about Haitian you have been in Dr for generation and who see themselves as Dominican. They are Dominican and should be given citizenship as such. THe DR elite nee to stop blaming their corrupt actions and mishandlings on the Haitian. STOP THE PERSECUTION AGAINST HAITIANS AND DOMINCO-HAITIANOS.
my howl live i thaut the reason dominicans dont like in thair country is becouse haitians tend to be darker than dominicans this bothers me becouse im dominican n haitian
While reading this comments I realize one thing, i'm extremelly ashamed of the fact that my Dominican brothers can express themselves with such hate towards a group of people that have as much right to seek a good life in the DR as we are to seek a good life here in the U.S. WE fight every day to be treated as equals here in the U.S. and fight with out teeth and nails to make it, but we can give the same right to the HAtians. that is both hypocritical and sad. Piensen antes de hablar mi gente!