A Speech to the United Nations

Attention United Nations Human Rights Council:

The Dominican Republic’s policy on denationalization of citizens with Haitian descent is one that must be revoked and replaced with a policy that is more tolerant of the rights of immigrants in the country and their children who were born in the Dominican Republic. The policy of retroactive denationalization for those immigrants who have resided in Haiti illegally is a human rights violation and demands the attention of the UNHRC; due to the forcible deportation of these Haitian citizens who have suffered extreme racial bias and discrimination, the UNHRC must assert its respective power on the Dominican Republic to restore order and proper policies for the situation in the nation. Being a citizen in a country means that one can have a place in society and is guaranteed the rights that are written in the constitution of the country; yet, Haitians are finding themselves as stateless refugees in a nation that does not accept them anymore. With no other place to go and no resources to fall back on, those Haitians will be exploited for their vulnerability and will resort to drastic measures in Haiti after deportation. It is the UNHRC’s duty to attempt to solve the situation of the Haitian immigrants who have been rejected from the Dominican Republic and avoid statelessness for those citizens.

Imagine waking up one morning and discovering that your life had completely changed. Your country has rejected your citizenship and you have no other choice but to move back to your mother nation that you have never seen before, Haiti. Living in the slums after moving from the immigrant camp was hard enough but now, it just became a lot worse. You once wished to obtain citizenship and live in the Dominican Republic for the rest of your life however, those little rights that you had before this morning are all gone. You will be deported into an unknown country that your parents lived in before you were born and the reality of it all is that you don’t know anyone there, and you have to move immediately. You realize that 600 thousand people just like you will be deported and rejected from the nation just like you were, and there is nothing you can do about it. In reality, this is a glimpse into the life of a Haitian whose citizenship has just been revoked. Being a citizen means being a part of a nation, to be guaranteed rights and privileges that is written in the nation’s constitution. From being able to obtain a passport to having a bank account to having access to education, no matter how simple it is, each and every human being should be granted those simple rights and more when they are a citizen; when one becomes stateless, they are lost as they have no identity and no basic rights.

Statelessness is not only a problem in this nation, however. Over 10 million people around the world suffer from statelessness and have no rights guaranteed to them. These people go from day to day without a proper identity. Rejected from the nation they called home, they wander aimlessly trying to find a home to live in once again, to find a nation that will accept them and give them the rights they deserve. This issue demands the attention of the UNHRC and as more people are rejected from the countries they called home, they must work to help resolve the problems within governments that reject people due to racial bias.

As Haitians continue to be deported from the nation they called home, the United Nations must take immediate action from preventing an issue like this from occurring again. By retroactively removing the citizenship of these citizens, they lose all the basic human rights that they should be guaranteed, from having access to education to getting basic ID in that country. The United Nations must attempt to prohibit policies similar to this and defend the rights of all humans around the world so that no human is considered stateless.


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