A 2013 ruling of the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court stripped citizenship of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. After the decision, more than 200,000 people were considered stateless, facing deportation and being denied birth certificates among other consequences. This situation is one manifestation of a serious refugee crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also provides a unique picture of the dynamics of the inter-American human rights system, since the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a decision challenging the mass expulsions. This talk will discuss the refugee crisis in the Caribbean and international refugee protection and challenges there, leveraging theoretical framings of colonialism and necropolitics. The speaker has elected to remain anonymous publicly due to concerns of retaliation against his/her organization by the government of the Dominican Republic.
This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Latin American Law Students Association.
All are welcome and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.