SANTO DOMINGO — Amnesty International (AI) recognized that their have “been substantial improvements” in the process of repatriations applications by the General Directorate of Migration (DGM), delivering “Haitian migration authorities a list of names and general data of repatriated persons, complying with respect to the due process.”
This is stated in an executive summary of the international organization, which explained that “the ability of the Haitian authorities to receive and help people who are repatriated or returning spontaneously from the Dominican Republic seems to have been extremely limited and insufficient”.
In response to information disclosed in various media outlets based on the report from AI, the DGM says that they have not repatriated “a single Dominican citizens of Haitian origin, thus fulfilling the commitment made by the Dominican authorities with the international community to respect the human rights of people “.
“All persons repatriated or who have voluntarily returned to their countries, particularly those from neighboring Haiti, have been subjected to a biometric registration data to identify and individualize each case, protecting the guarantees of due process and in coordination with the Haitian Embassy in the country. “says the DGM in its response.
He points out, in regards to students of Haitian nationality, “DGM gives special advantages” to be enrolled in higher technical studies in the Dominican Republic, which has considerably reduced the cost of regularization and renewal of their immigration status until their studies in Dominican territory have been completed. “
In its Executive Summary Amnesty International also affirms that among the cases repatriated from alleged Dominican nationals “none had birth certificates” to enroll in the regularization plan. Nor have the Haitian authorities taken steps “to facilitate access to identity documents to the Haitian people wishing to settle in Haiti. “
In any case, the DGM reports that the protocol used for its immigration measures “have been supervised” by international organizations for the protection of human rights, such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
In addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF and the Organization of American States (OAS) and delegations from embassies of the United States, Canada and Haiti have monitored the conditions of the DGM’s Reception Centre.
The DGM said that from August 2015 to date, there have only been 31.164 repatriated foreigners from 23 countries living in the country of irregular immigration status. These repatriations ” followed protocols and strict procedures for the protection of the human rights of the affected”.
Also, Migration reports that during the same period 113,320 foreigners have voluntarily crossed the Dominican-Haitian border, among which there were 59,969 men, women 23,286 and 30,065 children and teenagers accompanied by their parents. In addition, a family of Peruvians and 14 Cubans.