In the Dominican Republic, 70 percent of all detainees are behind bars under an order of preventive imprisonment.

The Dominican Republic’s preventive detention crisis is an emergency.

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The DR Election is Over. Will Human Rights Be a Priority Now for the United States?
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The DR Election is Over. Will Human Rights Be a Priority Now for the United States?

On Monday, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller issued a statement to congratulate Dominican President Luis Abinader on his re-election Sunday, adding that “[w]e look forward to working closely with President Abinader’s new administration”. Now that the election is over, the first question for the Biden Administration is simple: what actions will it take over the…

Letter to Congressional Appropriators: Oppose U.S. Tax Dollars to Human Rights Violators in the Dominican Republic
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Letter to Congressional Appropriators: Oppose U.S. Tax Dollars to Human Rights Violators in the Dominican Republic

As the proposed FY 2025 Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Budget Request allocations come under scrutiny, it’s imperative to assess their potential impact on human rights in the Dominican Republic. In response, Mario H. Lopez, leader of the Dominican Justice Initiative and president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, expressed…

Whitewashing of the DR’s Human Rights Record by U.S. Rep. Espaillat
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Whitewashing of the DR’s Human Rights Record by U.S. Rep. Espaillat

Last week, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat attempted to whitewash the Dominican Republic’s horrendous human rights record when he attacked the State Department’s 2023 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Dominican Republic stating it was “highly distorted from reality” and “excessive and aggressive.” It is clear this is an intentional effort by the Congressman to protect…