Haitians murdered in the Dominican Republic
Haiti Support Group
The British solidarity organisation, the Haiti Support Group (HSG), is extremely concerned about the violent attacks on Haitians and Haitian-Dominican in the Dominican Republic. Amidst a recent rise in xenophobic hostility against Haitians, scores of people have been attacked, and according to recent reports, more than 13 people have been killed in just the last few weeks.
Included among these murders are the following:
- The 16th August attack on four young Haitian men in the outskirts of Santo Domingo. Three of them were gagged, doused with flammable liquid and then set ablaze, while one managed to escape. The three suffering from burns later died in the burns unit of a hospital in the capital.
- The 24th August murder of four Haitians who were part of a group of six trying to re-enter the Dominican
Republic after having been deported to Haiti, their country of origin. They had temporarily taken refuge in banana fields in the Barahona region, and were chased, captured and killed by guards in the small hours of the morning.
- A series of murders reported by the Haitian AlterPresse news agency on the 30th August: a foreigner presumed to be a Haitian found murdered in Santiago, two others found dead following a dispute in Bavaro, and a 29 year-old Haitian, Bolivar François, found murdered, with his hands tied, in Jarabacoa.
- Also on 30th August, the Haitian NGO, Groupe d'Appui aux Réfugiés et Rapatriés, reported that Delany Fleury, a 31-year old businessman of Haitian origin, had been shot three times and died following an arguement with a Dominican in Elias Pinas.
The Haiti Support Group calls on the Dominican government to immediately enact measures to ensure the security of Haitian migrants and of Dominicans of Haitian origin, and to prevent public officials and the media from m
aking statements or using language that may incite racial hatred.
Furthermore, the HSG urges the British government and the European Union to raise the issue with the Dominican authorities as a matter of the utmost urgency.
Service of the Haiti Support Group - solidarity with the Haitian people's struggle for human rights, participatory democracy and equitable development - since 1992.
Web site: www.haitisupport.gn.apc.org
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