This article focuses on recent charges by Haitians’ rights groups on human rights. Although the article is not too specific, it seems to have a lot to do with the National Plan to Regularize Foreigners (PNRE), which has been fraught with problems. For one, according to an earlier Haiti Libre article, the PNRE process is free, but migrants are all required notarized documents that cost between 10,000 to 15,000 pesos or more. The document list is also very long, including a bank book, a notarized certificate of domicile, invoices showing that the applicant has made significant purchases in Dominican territory in a store that has a Tax Identification Number, and a certificate of residence issued by a neighborhood committee signed by 7 witnesses (who often demand money for this service). Here is the post from Dominican Today:
Local organizations that defend Haitians’ rights have filed a complaint against Interior and Police minister José Ramón Fadul and Central Electoral Board (JCE) president Roberto Rosario. Rosario himself made the announcement, and said the complaint was filed before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), for allegedly violating Naturalization Law 169/14.
He said he was made aware of a hearing on the complaint to take place in the IACHR at the end of October. Rosario said thus far Interior and Police hasn’t submitted any of the cases to the JCE, of the more than 800 foreigners who’ve opted for regularization, for not being registered in the civil registry books.
He said they’ve already designed the ID cards for the foreigners who’ve chosen regularization, which will be provided by the JCE at Interior and Police’s request. “That’s (Regularization Plan) going very well and has been very successful.”
The National Plan to Regularize Foreigners grants an immigration status to foreigners living in the country irregularly.
Also see http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11851-haiti-social-pnre-a-plan-for-regularization-or-repatriation-of-haitians.html and http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2014/5/15/51467/Dominican-Republic-starts-to-regularize-foreigners-on-June-1