CARICOM monitoring Dominican Republic citizenship issue

By Marcia Braveboy
Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent
Twitter: @mbraveboy
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chair, Trinidad and Tobago prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said she is monitoring the situation in the Dominican Republic following a controversial ruling by that country’s constitutional court and, further, will consult with CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque on the best way forward to seek a solution to the issue.

The prime minister’s statement was triggered by a petition that was delivered to her office by the Trinidad and Tobago-based mas and consciousness-raising organisation, Jouvay Ayiti, whose members, clad in jouvert costumes, led a demonstration in Port of Spain on Wednesday in support of some 200,000 Dominican-born individuals of Haitian descent, who have potentially been left stateless following a court ruling on September 23, 2013, that stripped them of their citizenship.

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