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Unpublished Paper
Unwelcome Guests: A Study of Expulsions of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic to Haiti
Reports and Working Papers (2002)
  • Laurel E. Fletcher
  • Elizabeth Dahlstrom
  • Jesse S Morgan
Abstract
This study examines patterns of the forced migration and experiences of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent who left the Dominican Republic and entered Haiti between August 1999 and July 2000. In October 1999, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (“Commission”), a regional, treaty-based human rights investigative and enforcement body, released a report critical of the Dominican government’s treatment of Haitians within its jurisdiction. Within days of its publication, the Dominican government initiated a large-scale
action that forced large numbers of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent out of the country. According to press reports, Dominican officials seized individuals suspected of being illegal Haitian migrants, and within hours or days, transported them to the Haitian border and forced them across. Individuals were not afforded the opportunity to contest the action, to notify family members, to collect wages owed or otherwise to settle their affairs. Though Dominican and Haitian authorities officially describe this process as one of “repatriation,” the reported lack of individualized adjudication and the large numbers of individuals affected leads us to describe
these incidents as collective, mass expulsions.
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Publication Date
2002
Comments
This study was undertaken by the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (“Boalt Hall”) with assistance from members of the Demography Department and the Human Right
s Center at the University of California, Berkeley. The clinic engages law students in innovative projects designed to promote and strengthen human rights protections in national, regional, and international fora.
Citation Information
Laurel E. Fletcher, Elizabeth Dahlstrom and Jesse S Morgan. "Unwelcome Guests: A Study of Expulsions of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic to Haiti" Reports and Working Papers (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/laurel_fletcher/73/