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9031: Immigrants' Day in the DR (fwd)
Radio Metropole, Thursday, 6 September 2001
Commemoration of Immigrants' Day on Sunday 2 September in the Dominican
(translated from French by Charles Arthur for the Haiti Support Group)
Several organisations working in favour of improved relations between the two
peoples of the island have taken part in activities to mark Immigrants' Day
on 2 September. Representatives of Centre Pont, NCHR, the Platform of Haitian
human rights organisations and GARR launched a call to the leaders of the two
countries to respect the rights of Haitians without papers in the
The Haitian delegation and several Dominican organisations took the
opportunity to honour the memory of Haitians without papers who have died on
Dominican soil. A floral wreath was placed in the Santiago cemetery where six
Haitians who were killed on 18 June 2000 are buried. The spokesperson for
Centre Pont, Yves Edmond, once more called for justice for these victims.
Father Pédro Ruquoy, who works on immigration issues in the southwest of the
Dominican Republic, talked about the human rights situation for Haitians in
the DR. The priest, who has been the subject of constant death threats,
stressed that the living conditions of Haitians in the DR are deteriorating.
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