DR withdraws from human rights court
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DR withdraws from human rights court

The Dominican Republic has withdrawn as a member of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Tuesday’s announcement comes after the government rejected a recent court decision that found the Dominican Republic discriminated against Dominicans of Haitian descent. The court had given the Dominican government six months to invalidate the ruling.

Dominican officials had called the court’s decision “unacceptable” and “biased.”

The country’s Constitutional Court issued a 59-page ruling explaining its decision.

A Dominican court ruled last year that people born in the Dominican Republic to migrants living there illegally were not automatically entitled to citizenship, basically rendering thousands of people stateless. The government since then has pledged to resolve their status but has only offered residency and work permits under a new program.