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

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

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

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…

U.S. State Department: Human Rights Abuses are Worsening in the Dominican Republic

U.S. State Department: Human Rights Abuses are Worsening in the Dominican Republic

Abinader Government Attacks Report as “Aggressive” and “Unfounded” This week, the U.S. State Department issued its 2023 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in the Dominican Republic, detailing a serious deterioration of human rights over the past year in which the government of President Luis Abinader “did not take credible steps to identify and punish…

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE ROOTED IN “CORRUPTION, SABATOGE AND CONSPIRACY” INSIDE THE DOMINICAN PUBLIC MINISTRY, OFFICIAL SAYS

HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE ROOTED IN “CORRUPTION, SABATOGE AND CONSPIRACY” INSIDE THE DOMINICAN PUBLIC MINISTRY, OFFICIAL SAYS

Last week, civil society leaders continued to expose more horrific human rights abuses and brutality at the hands of authorities of the Dominican Republic. In response to the worsening situation, a former director of prisons in the country pointed the finger at “corruption, sabotage and conspiracy” happening inside the Public Ministry with the knowledge of…

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…

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