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Santo Domingo.- "Exaggerated" was the U.S. Embassy’s term for Foreign Relations Minister Carlos Morales’ reaction to criticism in Washington’s Human Rights Report, released when the country hosted the Rio Group Summit in March 2008, reveals a WikiLeaks cable, reports news source

In its most recent document published yesterday corresponding to Dominican Republic, the State Department report cites the country’s serious and persistent problems with crime, beatings and other abuses against suspects and detainees; severe jail conditions and discrimination of Haitian immigrants and descendants.

The filtered cable, drafted by then ambassador Robert Fannin, states that in March 12, 2008, the U.S. Embassy invited Morales to meet and discuss the Rio Summit, but once there, the official immediately and harshly criticized the Report. "Clearly perturbed, but mentioning few details, Morales called the report "very, very bad" and "a low blow."

“We’re here in an electoral campaign - you need to think about who your friends are and who your enemies are… you, my friends are confused (the Ambassador said of Morales)."

In that occasion, the Foreign Relations Minister told the press that the information obtained to draft the Report depended too much on data from nongovernment organizations, including groups headed by activists such as the Catholic priest Christopher Hartley and Sonia Pierre, whom the official called “divisive."

The United States didn’t like Morales’ criticism of the report and of their country in the press, and his allegation that it was "a product of Dominican Republic’s success in the Summit, and that it bothered them (the US)."

The leaked cable said the racial topic was addressed in the meeting with the American ambassador during a United Nations meeting in Geneva, and that Morales slammed the Embassy by stating that "they at least gave us the opportunity to comment; you didn’t do it."

“The vehemence of Morales’ attack on the Human Rights Report seemed exaggerated to us, even when it comes from a Foreign Relations Minister known for his history of aggressive defense of human rights in his country," the Embassy said, in the report.

For the U.S. diplomat, Morales’s disgust might’ve been set off by the press’ little attention paid to the Summit’s positive results.

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30 comment(s)
Written by: Yucahu, 24 Mar 2011 9:31 AM
From: United States, Miami
Tell it like it is Carlitos, the USA likes to bully people.
Written by: RobertoJose, 24 Mar 2011 9:50 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.....Don't sing it, just bring it !!!!
They only bully people, when the presidency of a nation is oppressing its people and witness numerous accounts of decisions being made that only targets a small group of people and not benefits the majority........
Written by: synapse, 24 Mar 2011 11:25 AM
From: United States
Every government or should I say "Political Machine" normally has its head of its ass and requires a third party to attempt to get them to realize it. The DR is no different and of course like everyone doesn't like anyone else to criticize it.

Dominicans love to wear their rose colored glasses and heaven forbid if you dare tell them that they live in denial. They consider it culturally impolite to criticize anything and anyone. Why do you think they don't progress, because they consider everything just fine and dandy.
Written by: WalterPolo, 24 Mar 2011 11:35 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Morales trying to defend some aspects of inbred entitlement.

Cultural shock!
Written by: VeronicaDR, 24 Mar 2011 11:49 AM
From: United States
They need to leak the cable with everyone stating the obvious. The whole government is a systematically corrupt machine with inbred entitlement mentality. Drug dealer and criminal money is a major source of funds in the real estate sector of the country and most of the rich politicians made their money being corrupt and stealing from the people. Without these criminal funds the country would have also had serious problems during the global economic meltdown but of course we didn't because the drug money didn't dry up!
Written by: hernandez5482, 24 Mar 2011 11:57 AM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
I don't think the U.S. has the right to tell domincans what to do, hell it is our nation we should do with it as we please. The Human rights problem is made bigger than what it really is...
WHy isn't the U.S. bombarded by human right organizations in regards to the migratory situation with Mexico..
I think we need a nationalist to run for president, who will keep all this foreighn influence crap out of our country..
Written by: Escott, 24 Mar 2011 12:03 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
I love hernandez and his "WE" crap written from the US:) Keep sucking that US TIT Dry and then say how bad they are.

Where do these people get their nerve from?
Written by: Yucahu, 24 Mar 2011 12:07 PM
From: United States, Miami
VAyanse pa l carajo
Written by: Yucahu, 24 Mar 2011 12:07 PM
From: United States, Miami
You are all a bunch of bootlickers and traitors. The USA bullies other countries and messes them up. Then blames that country when their stupid plans backfire. The USA is a great country but it shouldn't go around telling other countries what and what not to do. The Dominican people, true Dominicans who love their country will rise and do the right thing and defend the country. Carlos is doing just that. He is not defending corruption or anything else. He is simply defending the country's honor against those who would like to besmirch it with aspersions and cast it as racist.
Written by: hernandez5482, 24 Mar 2011 12:10 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
It doesn't matter where i live, it is still wrong for U.S. to try influencing or forcing their way on foreign policies..
Written by: hernandez5482, 24 Mar 2011 12:12 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
i spend more time in my country than anywhere else..
Written by: wents22, 24 Mar 2011 12:22 PM
From: United States, New York City
Carlos Morales in my opinion is doing a great job as Foreign Relations minister. he represents the DR. i would like to see more people like him, the DR has a lot of talented people that are being waisted.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 24 Mar 2011 12:30 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Much is expected from to whom much is given.

If Dominicans and their government want to stop criticism, then stop taking aid from these giants, then you could tell them to take long walk dow short pier.

Look, there are always strings attached when gifts are given. It happens with friends, girlfriends and family, and politics is no different. It would be same if aid was coming from either Chinese or Russians, etc, so situation is not exclusive to USA.

Does anyone really doubt content of comments in question, or is it just that our patriotic feelings have been hurt?

Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 24 Mar 2011 12:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Yo Soy Luis Diaz
Shut your cake hole Mr. Fannin.
Written by: Vivacuba, 24 Mar 2011 2:09 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Wikileaks is CIA propaganda to make it appear more legitimate because they are losing the information war on the government controlled media outlets.
Written by: poponlaburra, 24 Mar 2011 3:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic,

Morales Troncoso tells it like is! The truth! These US ambassador should learn Dominican history and what our country went when invited before they open their mouth.

We are wrongly treated by these ignorant international politicians. Glad we had Troncoso to defend us and clear our names.

Our government MUST stop taking aids and be more honorable. Let take the example of Ecuador President, Rafael Correa.
I wish Latin America presidents emulate Rafael Correa.

Ecuador rejected credit conditions

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, warned today that his Government rejected international credit conditions, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF).

During his Saturday accountability to radio and television, this time from Quevedo, province of Los Rios, said Correa was formerly known as the IDB, but "I think that has changed with President Alberto Moreno, whom he met in Quito this week .

Written by: hernandez5482, 24 Mar 2011 3:37 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
The minuses folks are in business.....
Written by: hernandez5482, 24 Mar 2011 3:40 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
Nice to see someone with patriotic feelings,
I also view this subject the same way you do.
What you have just said will not be possible unless we get a true dominican in the presidential palace.
Written by: poponlaburra, 24 Mar 2011 3:43 PM
From: Dominican Republic,

He said that "before these gentlemen came as foremen in wealth, we were treated like pawns, they believed that we were giving away the money when loans, and they put the conditions."

"We will not let you return the time of colonialism. Very clearly I said that President Moreno: they want to work with Ecuador, we want to continue working with the IDB, but according to the needs of the country to the whims and fixations of international bureaucracy, "he said.

He reported, he added, that there is a sector specialist of the IDB in the country, which continues with these old practices and warned: "Beware, sir, or expelled from this country, as expel the World Bank representative to stay no more your credit. "

"And change it in pennies (credit) and put it in your ear, because here :Los Ecuatorianos mandan" he joked.

Written by: poponlaburra, 24 Mar 2011 3:44 PM
From: Dominican Republic,

Also rejected the CAF officials intend to say what and what not on the roads. "In that case you are no longer with their money (money).

We will know how to get money, but we'll priorities "and directed the Minister of Transport and Public Works, Maria de los Angeles Duarte," to mark the court very clearly, the country sent us, "noting the importance of upholding the dignity national.

Written by: poponlaburra, 24 Mar 2011 3:55 PM
From: Dominican Republic,
Thanks Hernandez, we need more Dominican politician like him.

The above translation does not do justice to the actual Spanish version of the article. I'll put exerts from it not to bore you.

"Comentó que "antes estos señores venían como capataces en hacienda, nos trataban como peones, creían que nos estaban regalando la plata cuando son préstamos, y ellos ponían las condiciones".

"No vamos a permitir que regrese esa época de colonialismo. Muy claramente le dije eso al presidente Moreno: quieren seguir trabajando con Ecuador, queremos seguir trabajando con el BID, pero de acuerdo a las necesidades del país no a los caprichos y fijaciones de una burocracia internacional", indicó.

Le comunicaron, anadió, que hay un especialista sectorial del BID en el país, el cual sigue con esas viejas prácticas y advirtió: "Cuidado señor, o lo expulso de este país, como ya expulsamos al representante del Banco Mundial y quédese no mas con su crédito"."

Written by: poponlaburra, 24 Mar 2011 3:56 PM
From: Dominican Republic,
"Y cámbielo en centavitos (el crédito) y póngaselo en la oreja, porque aquí vamos a mandar los ecuatorianos", ironizó.

Rechazó también que funcionarios de la CAF pretendan decir qué hacer y qué no en las carreteras del país. "En ese caso que se queden no más con su plata (dinero).

Sabremos conseguir plata, pero nosotros pondremos las prioridades", y orientó a la ministra de Transporte y Obras Públicas, María de los Ángeles Duarte, "marcarle la cancha muy clarito, en el país mandamos nosotros", tras destacar la importancia de defender la dignidad nacional."
Written by: DomRat, 24 Mar 2011 4:00 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Thank God they are only trying to sway with words and not interfere other wise (1965 anyone) If there was a lot of OIL here you would see some real arm twisting. Put Aristides in - pull him out and dump him in the middle of Africa? He spent years in and around Washington D.C. - the BOSSES knew his every habit and whim. Why did they tea bag him in and out? Why are Haiti's peoples our problem but we are not empowered (allowed) to enforce our borders, even though a lot of Haiti's problems are caused by benign neglect by our big Northern Neighbor.
Written by: hernandez5482, 24 Mar 2011 4:20 PM
From: United States, Vivir sin Patria, es lo mismo que vivir sin Honor.
The way i see it, the corrupt Dominican politicians who are in power right now have sold the country in exchange for technical and technological development. Nothing is free, if you take money from someone there are always strings attached, international relations are very important, but lets not compromise our sovereignty over a few bucks... I think the ideals of our founding fathers are dying slowly if we the generation of now don't learn what it means to be Dominican. Our history and struggles have forged a wonderfull country, i hope the young people of today get the chance to become acquainted with our roots. Our civil rights were violated numerous times in the past by the invadors, they mistreated our people and exploited our land. and today when we actually try to implement the law to bring order to our land, we are criticized and accused of been racist.
Written by: CaptMarcosSamana, 24 Mar 2011 8:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic
@ Veronica, you got that one right on it's head!
@DomRat , "Benign Neglect", I like the sound of it...

People are now saying that Obama's presidency is Bush's 3rd term; Going around invading other countries without a plan.... this time it's Libya. I'm making Quesqueya my primary residence because I can no longer stand what's happening to my country of origin. The only reason I wish to return is to visit and to vote.
It is right for me to inform any listening that the USA is broke. “Manageable" and "Sustainable" are the lies they tell.

Debt to GDP ratios;

United States 94 % of GDP
U K 84.5%
Bermuda 20%
Cayman 25 %
Switzerland 37.8 %
Barbados 73.3 %
Bahamas 49.7 %
Qatar 21.8 %
UAE 21.3 %

On top of that there are the "Police states" where "law enforcement" is a business. Florida, Texas, Colorado, etc. In these states you have NO RIGHTS! And they will arrest you weather you are guilty or not!
The Constitution of the USA is NOT admissible in a court of law.
Written by: CaptMarcosSamana, 24 Mar 2011 8:59 PM
From: Dominican Republic
The US constitution says the Congress is responsible for issuing the currency; BUT the greedy bankers and politicians got together and sub-contracted this responsibility to the Federal Reserve Bank (a private group of bankers), this is the trend in AMERICA !!

While the PEOPLE are losing, the BANKS are winning....

Quesqueya needs to stand on it's own 2 feet !!
Written by: Vivacuba, 25 Mar 2011 6:22 AM
From: Dominican Republic
Revolution. Place Castro on a boat to help take back America.
Written by: ArielFornari, 27 Mar 2011 9:59 AM
From: Dominican Republic
The U.S. is always going around like the pot calling the kettle black. If there is one country with a dismal record of human rights violations in the hemisphere, it is called the U.S.A. The "Plan Condor" alone was responsible for the disappearances, murders, tortures, exiles, etc. of tens of thousands in the "Cono Sur" countries of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay during the 1970s, later expanded to include Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. The "Plan Condor's" hemispheric overseer was Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the Nixon administration and under direct supervision of the CIA. Those Yankee counterparts which are still ignorant about this subject, check out the website of the National Security Archive, a non-profit under George Washington University. Peter Kornbluh is the expert for Plan Condor and has testified before Congress, and in documentaries. This is only one black spot in the U.S.'s tortuous history with our hemisphere, the list is interminable. :-)
Written by: glomarexplorer, 27 Mar 2011 4:40 PM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

Yes, you are right. If you really believe on what your saying, please stop accepting our money and look up to Cuba, China and Russia the next time some catastrophe strikes in your corner of the world. Let's just see how far you get.

Written by: ArielFornari, 27 Mar 2011 10:33 PM
From: Dominican Republic
glomarexplorer-Did it ever occur to you HOW all that fabulous wealth was ever accumulated by the imperialists-capitalists up North? Let me give you just one hint, before the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the American oil multi-nationals literally raped Venezuelan oil at bargain prices. In fact I remember living in Florida in 1968 and paying 19 cents a gallon for regular gas during the good old days of the "gas wars" Oil is but one example of the systematic rape of raw materials from Latin America that imperialist-capitalist multi-nationals systematically took advantage of, and still do in those countries that have not yet nationalized their minerals and hydrocarbons. But don't worry, let Wall Street keep enjoying their heyday, 'cause our Continent slowly but surely is waking up. The paltry sums that the U.S. gives our poor nations, are the crumbs off the table, compared to what you have stolen from the entrails of our Continent, but again the clock is ticking and we're waking up.
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