Dominican-Haitians protest government crackdown

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 8 at 8:34 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Hundreds of people in the Dominican Republic are protesting what they say is a government practice of confiscating or annulling birth certificates belonging to residents of Haitian descent.

Protesters are demanding the government revoke a 2007 resolution aimed at reducing the use of fake documents that they say has led to extreme and unnecessary measures against Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Nonprofit organizations say at least 1,600 Dominicans have been denied their documents. The groups have filed complaints with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, which is holding hearings on the matter.

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