Yet Another Fire in the DR Breaks Out in Overcrowded Correctional Facility

Yet Another Fire in the DR Breaks Out in Overcrowded Correctional Facility

Overcrowded conditions at Higüey Prison before Tuesday’s fire (source: Panorama) On Tuesday night, another fire broke out at an overcrowded prison in the Dominican Republic. A blaze tore through the preventive detention section of Higüey Prison in the latest tragic episode in the Dominican Republic’s preventive detention crisis. The fire at Higüey comes only weeks…

Ruling Party Loyalists Threaten Human Rights Advocates in Dominican Republic

Ruling Party Loyalists Threaten Human Rights Advocates in Dominican Republic

Governing party loyalists in the Dominican Republic have escalated fierce public attacks on dissidents and human rights advocates, calling for their expulsion from the country. The attacks come amidst rising concern among international human rights monitors about worsening abuses at the hands of Dominican authorities throughout the country’s justice system. Adopting language common in Cuba…

Three Questions for the Biden Administration on the Dominican Republic

Three Questions for the Biden Administration on the Dominican Republic

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, & Global Women’s Issues Subcommittee will hear testimony from Mark Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), as well as the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s (INL) Global Anti-Corruption Coordinator Richard Nephew…

Amnesty International: “Worrying Violations of Human Rights” in the Dominican Republic

Amnesty International: “Worrying Violations of Human Rights” in the Dominican Republic

Crisis in Haiti calls attention to litany of abuses by Dominican government This week, a coalition of domestic and international organizations led by Amnesty International sent a letter to the Dominican government critical of its ongoing human rights crises, particularly against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent. The crisis in Haiti also highlights the Dominican…

ICYMI: President of Hispanic Leadership Fund Says “Break the Silence” on Human Rights Abuses in the Dominican Republic

ICYMI: President of Hispanic Leadership Fund Says “Break the Silence” on Human Rights Abuses in the Dominican Republic

In a March 31 opinion article in The Hill, Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, criticized the Biden Administration for conducting a “policy of selective outrage” regarding “governments that routinely violate human rights” and said it is time to “break the silence on the Dominican Republic’s human rights record.” Lopez expressed his…

Dominican Whitewashing of Human Rights Abuses Is Collapsing After La Victoria Tragedy

Dominican Whitewashing of Human Rights Abuses Is Collapsing After La Victoria Tragedy

The whitewashing of the Dominican Republic’s human rights abuses is now collapsing. Last Thursday, following the tragic fire at the La Victoria National Penitentiary which killed at least 13, Deputy Eugenio Cedeño of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM) of President Luis Abinader joined the rising chorus of voices demanding that administration of the prison system…

A Tragic Fire at the DR’s Largest Prison Exposes a Human Rights Disaster

A Tragic Fire at the DR’s Largest Prison Exposes a Human Rights Disaster

Earlier this week, a fire at La Victoria National Penitentiary, the largest prison in the Dominican Republic and the single largest prison facility in the Caribbean, claimed at least 11 lives.  The tragedy worsens a humanitarian crisis that is already at a high level of desperation. Initially, the Dominican government reported three deaths, which was…

ICYMI: Human Rights Lawyer Calls on US to Address “Lawfare” in the Dominican Republic

ICYMI: Human Rights Lawyer Calls on US to Address “Lawfare” in the Dominican Republic

In a March 14 letter to the editor of Americas Quarterly, international human rights lawyer Víctor Mosquera Marín called on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to apply “the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms” as well as for Blinken to live up to his commitment to “[stand] to governments” that violate…

Dodd: Investigate Human Rights Abuses in the Dominican Justice System

Dodd: Investigate Human Rights Abuses in the Dominican Justice System

U.S. Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Christopher J. Dodd traveled to the Dominican Republic from March 7 through 9 in a visit that “underscores” the U.S. commitment to “defend democratic governance and the rule of law”, according to the State Department. Special Advisor Dodd attended on the sidelines of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)…

Prosecutorial Farce: Dominican Human Rights Abusers to Investigate Themselves?

Prosecutorial Farce: Dominican Human Rights Abusers to Investigate Themselves?

The Dominican Republic’s Public Ministry has been plunged into scandal yet again for violating international standards of human rights as well as Dominican law. This week, a leak coming from the ministry named prosecutor Francisco José Polanco Ureña as the subject of an embezzlement investigation, plastering his image and the news across the Dominican press…

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