July 3rd 2015:- At his first CARICOM Heads of Government meeting, Thursday, St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris received a resounding round of applause when he reiterated his country;s position regarding the Dominican Republic’s crackdown on migrants from Haiti or of Haitian descent. Harris was delivering at the 36th Annual CARICOM Heads of Government Summit now being held in Barbados.
Dr. Harris called on the Dominican Authorities to Cease and Desist any planned expulsion of Haitian migrants or Dominicans of Haitian descent.
“We in St.Kitts and Nevis share the pain and anguish of the unfortunate Dominicans of Haitian descent and we stand with them in opposition to the present assault to their human rights and dignity caused by the various covert and overt actions taken by the Government of the Dominican Republic seemingly intent on forcing them to self-deport or directly expel them from the land of their birth to a land which they have neither family nor language links. I therefore call on the Dominican Republic authorities to cease and desist with any plan that would lead to the expulsion of Dominicans of Haitian descent and render them stateless,” Dr. Harris summoned
The St.Kitts-Nevis Leader also declared that consideration should be given to extend the deadline for the registration of undocumented migrants to allow time for the appropriate solution to be devised in keeping with international principles.
Last week, Haitian Prime Minister Evans Paul warned that the Dominican Republic was creating a humanitarian crisis with its crackdown, noting that 14,000 people, many of them children and young adults, had crossed the border into Haiti in less than a week.