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WASHINGTON -- With reports emerging
of the resumption of the deportation of
persons of Haitian decent from the
Dominican Republic , the United States has
again urged the Spanish-speaking nation to
avoid mass deportations.
US Department of State spokesman Mark C. Toner
said Washington is "aware of the decision by the
Dominican Republic to begin deporting persons who
are deemed illegally present in the country.
"We recognise the prerogative of the Dominican
Republic to remove individuals from its territory
who are present without authorization," he said
in a statement.
"At the same time, we urge the Dominican
Republic to avoid mass deportations and to
conduct any deportations in a transparent
manner that fully respects the human
rights of deportees.
"Deportation procedures must adhere
to clear, publicly available and verifiable
protocols and procedures," Toner added.
"Dominican nationality and migration
policies and practices should be consistent
with Dominican law and the Dominican
Republic s international obligations and com-
"We urge the Government of the Dominican
Republic to permit the observation of depor-
tation proceedings by civil society groups
and international organizations, such as
the International Organization for Migra-
tion and the Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees, including
at the borders," he said.
Toner said the Obama administration remains
"deeply concerned that individuals with a right to
citizenship or otherwise eligible to remain in the
Dominican Republic may not have had sufficient
time and means to access the processes to regulate
and formalize their status and have their claims
"Therefore, it is imperative that the Dominican
Republic effectively screen people potentially subject
to deportation to determine if they are Dominican
citizens, require international protection, or are eli-
gible for naturalization or regularization," he said.
In all cases, Toner urged the Dominican Republic
to take adequate measures to prevent the risk of
statelessness and the discriminatory confiscation
Additionally, the United States wants the Domini-
can Republic and Haiti to consult and collaborate
with each other "to develop effective processes and
procedures for the safe and orderly return of migrants
across their shared border".
According to Toner, the United States will continue
to actively monitor developments in the Dominican
Republic, and engage the Government of the
Dominican Republic to ensure the protection of
On Saturday the Dominican Republic deported
five people of Haitian descent under the controversial
Immigration Director General Rubén Paulino
Sem confirmed the deportations at the Dajabón
Officials in the Dominican Republic have grown
concerned by a long-running influx of people from
neighbouring Haiti and a 2013 Dominican court
ruling that stripped citizenship from children born
to undocumented immigrants, the vast majority of
which are Haitian.
After an international outcry, the Dominican
Congress passed a law allowing some migrants to
apply for residency before a June 17 deadline. CMC
ROSEAU, Dominica -- An agreement amount-
ing to US$1.5 million has been signed with
China towards purchasing police vehicles
and equipment as well as the training of
policemen and women.
National Security Minister, Rayburn
Blackmore who made the announcement
on Friday at the commissioning of a new
police station and court in Laplaine, to
the east of here, said the agreement is
one that deepens ties between both
"I signed on behalf of the government
of Dominica with the Ministry of
Defense with the government of the
People s Republic of China... to the tune
of US$1.5 million and it is going to be
utilized to procure new vehicles, to train
police officers, and to invest in equipment
for search and rescue."
He said the agreement is with a view to fur-
ther developing the friendly and cooperative
relations between the People s Republic of China
and the People of Dominica. This relationship
as you know was initiated by our own hon-
ourable Prime Minister and now my dear friends
we can see for ourselves some of the benefits
deriving from that great partnership."
The new police station is financed through
a loan from the Social Security fund. CMC
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominica - Pan Am World
Airways Dominicana (PAWA), a Dominican-
based airline, started operations on Friday
with two flights from Santo Domingo to
Curaçao and Aruba.
The airline, that showcases the Dominican
flag as its emblem, will be operating a full itin-
erary as of yesterday with the addition of St.
Maarten as its third destination in the
Caribbean, within its first phase of operations.
Airline officials say in the second phase of
its expansion plan, there will be flights to
Puerto Rico, Miami, New York and Havana.
Founded in 2007, Pawa hit a snag in its oper-
ations and was grounded.
The airline was acquired and relaunched in
its current form by Venezuelan businessman
Simeon Garcia in 2013. CMC
airline flying to
Dutch C'bean islands
US urges DR
to avoid mass
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