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Edwin Paraison
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Post by Edwin Paraison » Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:55 pm



L'ambassade américaine à Santo-Domingo dénonce l'esclavage moderne et la discrimination raciale en République Dominicaine
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Santo-Domijngo, 2 août 2007 &endash;(AHP)- L'ambassade américaine à Santo-Domingo s'est prononcée mercredi de façon claire sur l'esclavage moderne et la discrimination raciale pratiquée en République Dominicaine.

Se basant sur le 7e rapport du Département d'Etat sur la traite des personnes, publié en juin dernier par le secrétaire d'état Condoleeza Rice, le chargé d'affaires a.i. Roland W. Bullen a attiré l'attention sur la position occupée actuellement parla république Dominicaine dans le classement international des pays qui font peu pour combattre ces maux.

Dans un texte publié par l'ambassade et repris intégralement par l'agence en ligne Espacinsular, le diplomate a illustré les prises de position qui y sont contenues par des cas connus de traite de personnes dont les victimes sont soit des Dominicaines emmenées en Europe à des fins de prostitution, soit des milliers de travailleurs étrangers exploités par des employeurs sans scrupule, une allusion à peine voilée aux ouvriers agricoles haitiens.

Roland W. Bullen a rappelé la position affichée tant par le Congrès américain que par le président Georges Bush face à ce problème qui affecte plusieurs pays dans le monde y compris les Etats-Unis: le trafic de personnes est une forme moderne d'esclavage.

Reconnaissant que quelques actions ont été entreprises par les autorités compétentes Dominicaines, le chargé d'affaire les a encouragés, avec la collaboration offerte par l'ambassade américainer, à faire plus pour éviter de tomber dans la catégorie 3 des pays qui pratiquent l'esclavage moderne et la traite de personnes, sous peine de voir le gouvernement américain prendre des sanctions économiques à leur encontre.

Les autorités dominicaines doivent s'investir davantage dans cette luttte pour éradiquer la complicité officielle avec les réseaux de trafiquants à travers la république Dominicaine et appuyer les organisations qui offrent protection aux victimes, a souligné le diplomate.

Sur le dossier du racisme, la note de l'ambassade publiée par la presse dominicaines relève que des employés à peau noire de la mission diplomatique ont souvent été victimes de discrimination raciale en se voyant notamment, interdits d'entrée dans des discothèques et d'autres night clubs de la République Dominicaine.

Aucune réaction officielle des autorités dominicaines n'avait encore été enregistrée jusqu'à mercredi à propos de la position du diplomate américain qui a touché la plaie du doigt dans un contexte marqué par des dénonciations, tant en République Dominicaine qu'à l'extérieur, de l'esclavage moderne, de la traite de personnes et de la discrimination raciale en Dominicanie.

De son côté, le propriétaire de la discothèque Loft, Ray Santos, a justifié l'interdiction de participation de citoyens américains aux activités de son club par le fait que ces derniers ne seraient pas décemment vêtus et coiffés.

Bullen qui est originaire de Grenade dans les Petites Antilles est un afro-américain, fils d'émigrés.

" Je suis noir, mon père est noir et tous les gens qui travaillent ici sont des noirs, a-t-il dit, ajoutant que nous sommes tous des gens de couleur en République dominicaine.

Espacinsular relève que ceux qui parlent des thèmes esclavage et mauvais traitement à l'encontre des travailleurs agricoles, spécialement les dirigeants d'ONG et leaders religieux sont considérés comme des ennemis du pays et responsables de campagnes de diffamation contre l'état dominicain.

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Post by Edwin Paraison » Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:36 am

Italian film bids to help Haitians



Movie exposes Dominican sugar plantation abuses


ANSA) - Rome, July 20 - Italian director Claudio Del

Punta is hoping his new, hard-hitting film

about the exploitation of Haitian sugar plantation

workers in the Dominican Republic will focus

public attention on abuses that have been repeatedly

denounced by human rights groups.



"Haiti Cherie throws the spotlight on a tragedy that has

been going on for many, many years," Del

Punta said in an interview with ANSA on Friday.


He said he was thrilled Haiti Cherie had been selected

for next month's Locarno Film Festival, where

it will be the only Italian movie vying for the event's

prestigious Golden Leopard.


"This should get people talking about the film and the

problems it exposes," he said. "The festival

is interested in films dealing with strong social issues

so I can't think of a better place for it

to debut," said the 47-year-old Tuscan filmmaker. Del

Punta shot the movie in the Dominican

Republic, where at least 500,000 Haitians toil on the

country's sugar plantations in conditions

described as modern-day slavery by international human

rights organisations.



It recounts the tale of a Haitian couple and a

14-year-old boy who decide to escape their desperate

lives on a plantation and make their way back to Haiti.



The main actors - Yeraini Cuevas and Valentin Valdez who

play the couple and Jean Marie Guerin who

plays the youngster - are all Haitians who actually work

and live on the plantations.



The director stressed that while the film's plot was

fictional, the experiences suffered by the

characters were completely realistic.


"I wanted to show what life is like in the 'bateyes',"

Del Punta said, referring to the encampments

set up on the outskirts of the sugar plantations where

the cane cutters are forced to live.



The workers live crowded together in the communal bateyes

which usually lack running water, toilets,

electricity and cooking facilities, as well as health

care services and schools.



There are some 400 bateyes scattered across the Dominican

Republic.



The cane cutters toil for up to 14 hours a day for what

human rights organisation Amnesty

International has termed "derisory wages" (typically the

equivalent of $2.5 a day), while some are

paid in vouchers which can only be used at plantation

stores.


The freedom of workers to leave the bateyes is also often

restricted, turning them into virtual

prisons that are patrolled by armed guards. A March 2007

report by Amnesty International detailed

its long-standing concerns regarding discrimination,

racism and xenophobia against Haitian migrants

living in the neighbouring Dominican Republic and

particularly its bateyes.



According to a 2005 world anti-slavery report funded by

the European Union, claims of batey abuses

by international authorities range from "murder to

maltreatment, from mass expulsions to flagrant

exploitation, from deplorable living conditions to the

failure to acknowledge workers' rights".



Del Punta highlighted the contrast with the thriving

tourist industry in a country visited by five

million people, mostly Westerners, every year.



"They go for holidays in luxury resorts without realising

that just 30 minutes away from these

amazing beaches, a situation exists that is akin to the

1800s".


He said the blame lay with the Dominican government,

military and industrialists.


"They all share responsibility because they're the ones

reaping the benefits. This is knowing

discrimination by a country towards its weaker, poorer

neighbour," he said.



"I appeal to journalists to talk about this problem. The

only solution is applying political

pressure to the Dominican Republic to stop these abuses,"

he said.


Del Punta filmed Haiti Cherie - his fifth feature movie -

between December 2005 and March 2006.



Initially unable to gain a producer's interest in the

movie, he financed it entirely by himself,

taking out a bank loan and shooting in digital.



The only person he took with him from Italy was the sound

technician - the rest of the crew and cast

he found locally on his arrival in the Dominican

Republic.





He said a lot of the filming had to be done secretly and

that twice he was kicked off plantations by

troops.



“It was okay for me because I'm white and Western but for

the actors it was very dangerous,” he said.



Amnesty International praised the initiative.


Riccardo Nuri, spokesman for the Italian branch of the

London-based organisation, told ANSA: "It's

important that a film has taken on this highly serious

problem.



"Cinema is a powerful tool for bringing issues which are

often ignored by the traditional media to

the public's notice".







Del Punta is now hoping participation in the Locarno Film

Festival, which runs from August 1-8, will

help him find a distributor for Haiti Cherie.







Asked if the actors would be attending, he replied:

"Unfortunately no. They don't have a passport

and are unable to leave the country. They are living in

the bateyes and have never even seen a film

in their lives".







Hi everyone,



The director of this movie is Luce Turnier's son-in-law.



We hope that the film will win a prize at

the film festival Locarno Switzerland in August. Will let

you know next month. It is the only

Italian film nominated.



Jimmie & Gisele

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