Dominican President Luis Abinader categorically expressed that the statements offered by Volker Türk, high commissioner of the United Nations Organization for human rights, who asked the Dominican Republic and other countries in the region to stop the deportations of Haitians to Haiti, are unacceptable and irresponsible. your country of origin.
“The migration policy of each country is the responsibility of each government, therefore, these statements are unacceptable and irresponsible,” said the President.
Rejecting Türk’s position, he assured that they will not only continue to repatriate Haitian citizens who are in the country illegally, but that this measure will be increased starting next week.
Similarly, the president emphasized that the Dominican Republic is the country that has borne the greatest economic burden in the face of the Haitian situation and that it has been the most supportive among all other countries in the world.
On the other hand, the spokesman for the Presidency, Homero Figueroa, reported through his Twitter account that in the period August-October 2022, 60,204 Haitians were repatriated and 108,436 throughout the year.
In the statement issued on the subject, the UN representative recalled that, due to the armed violence and human rights violations currently being experienced in Haiti, there is no safe, dignified and sustainable return for Haitians and asked the Dominican authorities act to prevent xenophobia, discrimination and all forms of racial or ethnic intolerance towards Haitian immigrants.