03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dominican Constitution Reform Threatens to Increase Number of Stateless Persons

Washington, DC--On December 10, International Human Rights Day, the government of the Dominican Republic is set to promulgate a constitutional reform measure that could leave large numbers of Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless. The changes to nationality provisions, first approved in October 2009 by the country's legislators, will redefine Dominican citizenship and deny children born on Dominican soil to immigrant parents "residing illegally" in the country their legal claim to Dominican nationality.  

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