Deportation of Haitians must stop: UN official

A Haitian mother holds her child at a school in Fond Parisien on July 3, 2015, after she was arrested and deported from the Dominican RepublicPort-au-Prince (AFP) – The Dominican Republic must stop deporting undocumented people of Haitian descent until a bilateral agreement is reached, a UN human rights envoy said Tuesday. “We need a policy to create the necessary conditions for these people’s rights to be respected,” said Gustavo Gallon, the UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti. Under international pressure, Santo Domingo established a process by which some 50,000 of the Haitian immigrants would be allowed to stay, but the majority have been unable to finish the process in time due to documents that are slow to arrive from Haiti and Dominican registration offices that are overwhelmed by crowds.

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