Rights groups throughout the Caribbean are raising the alarm on the persistence of racist attacks in the Dominican Republic, charging they are being actively encouraged by authorities. The wave of attacks on Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian background has been particularly focused in the region of El Cibao, which has become a center of operations for ultra-right nationalist groups. The mayor of Santiago, Abel Martínez Durán, a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party, has promoted hate campaigns against Haitians. Media outlets amplify the racist and conspiracy-laden speeches of anti-immigrant public figures about a “silent invasion,” continuing a disastrous tradition that began under the long right-wing dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. (Movimiento Socialista de los Trabajadores via Change.org)
The Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Rick Hou is threatening to "blacklist" the companies involved in a 100-ton oil-spill near a UNESCO World Heritage Site. "The impact on the marine life and the coral is already massive with much of it irreversible," he said. The bulk carrier MV Solomon Trader ran aground a month ago off Rennell Island, while loading bauxite ore in a cyclone. Because of the storm, it took salvage crews several days before they could reach the stricken craft. Compounding the damage, Indonesian-owned Bintan Mining, which chartered the vessel, continued to operate as the oil flowed into the sea, with other ships maneuvering around the wreckage, churning up the oil. Rennell Island, known locally as Mugaba, is home to some 1,840 people, who overwhelmingly rely on fishing for their livelihood. The World Heritage Site covers the world's largest coral atoll. (Photo via Radio Australia)
Panama is the latest Central American nation to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Bejing—under pressure of China's fast-growing economic presence on the isthmus.
Police suggest a Haitian immigrant was killed to keep him from giving evidence on another murder, but the crime looked a lot like a racist lynching from the Jim Crow era.
A law passed last year was supposed to help Dominicans of Haitian descent regain citizenship, but rights advocates say "administrative hurdles" have sabotaged the process.
The US has been requiring its "free trade" partners to meet certain labor standards. A US government report raises questions about the policy's effectiveness.
The hemispheric human rights court has condemned Dominican policies on immigrants and their descendants; now the Dominican government wants to pull out of the court.
President Medina finally unveiled his law to "naturalize" Dominicans deprived of their citizenship last fall, but activists question the measure's effectiveness.
After six months, the Dominican government has still not carried out promises to regularize the status of Dominicans "denationalized" by a controversial court ruling.
The Dominican government says it has an "ambitious and comprehensive plan" to "regularize" Dominicans of Haitian descent; human rights advocates may not agree.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic aren’t at war, according to Haiti’s foreign minister, but hundreds of Haitians have fled the neighboring country amid a wave of violence.
A Dominican court’s ruling against some 200,000 people descended from Haitian immigrants has inspired protests in Haiti and New York.