Haiti’s first inter-government communication blasts DR government

Haiti’s Ministry of Foreign Relations again raises the same war flag of human rights against the Dominican Republic that it has for years. The Haitian public relations and international lobby for years has worked in subduing the DR to pick up the tab for the chaos and lack of security and social services in Haiti.

In Haiti, the tradition over decades has been not to act but rather to blame “others,” and particularly the Dominican Republic for the country’s dire state. The banners of racism and human rights have been part of the lobby for years while hundreds of thousands have had to migrate, primarily to the Dominican Republic to find the jobs and social services not available in Haiti. Now under the new transition government in Haiti, it seems things will not be different.

In probably the first official statement to the Dominican government, the government of Haiti under Prime Minister Garry Conille, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Religious Affairs of Haiti issued a declaration complaining that its citizens are victims of inhumane treatment in Dominican territory. Dominique Dupuy is the Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is a representative of the coalition of EDE/RED and Historic Compromise of former transition Prime Minister Claude Joseph, a staunch anti-Dominican Republic spokesperson in Haiti. Joseph was impeded on 8 September 2022, together with 12 gang leaders, to enter the Dominican Republic. Joseph has been accused of complicity and criminal association in the death of former President Jovenel Moise.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Dominican Republic responded through its X account: “The Dominican authorities do not require attention, as they function duly in the context of the due process. Any crime proven, it is sanctioned.”

As reported, the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Haiti was responding to complaints by the non-governmental organization, Support Group for Repatriates and Refugees (GARR) and other human rights advocates that focus on complaints made against immigration authorities in the Dominican Republic.

The Dominican Republic is under the intense migratory pressure of the failed state in Haiti. A trickle of Haitians are deported compared to the hundreds of thousands of undocumented that cross the almost 391 km border, enter unchecked on market days, and live and work in the Dominican Republic. Every year more than 30,000 children are born in Dominican hospitals where free hospital care is provided. There are already complaints that the large number of Haitians in public schools are crowding out Dominican students.

The incumbent Prime Minister of Haiti Garry Conille is a regular in government in Haiti. In the wake of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Dr. Garry Conille, was chief of staff to former US President Bill Clinton in his role as Special Envoy for Haiti, where he helped coordinate Haiti’s reconstruction efforts. Billions were injected into Haiti with that country having little to show for it, leading to the worsening of the situation and gangs taking over. Dr. Conille was previously the Under Secretary General, Programmes and Operations of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network.

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10 July 2024