Public Ministry Persecution of Judge Sparks Outrage in the Dominican Republic

Public Ministry Persecution of Judge Sparks Outrage in the Dominican Republic

Attorney General and Human Rights Groups Order Investigation and Demand Accountability The alleged persecution of Judge Ana Lee Florimón has lit a fire of controversy in the Dominican Republic. Last week, Judge Lee Florimón accused prosecutors in the Public Ministry of engineering a campaign of harassment, where she and her family have been followed by…

Dominican Government and Civil Society Clash as Preventive Detention Crisis Confirmed at International Hearing

Dominican Government and Civil Society Clash as Preventive Detention Crisis Confirmed at International Hearing

Government spin on human rights abuses provokes anger before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Conflict broke out yesterday between human rights advocates and representatives of the government of the Dominican Republic as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reviewed proof of the “inhuman” treatment and conditions in the country’s justice system at a public…

Persecution of Judge Echoes U.N. Condemnation of Berenice for “Orchestrating” Human Rights Abuses

Persecution of Judge Echoes U.N. Condemnation of Berenice for “Orchestrating” Human Rights Abuses

Judge denounces “public discredit campaign” and harassment of family;New facts support an investigation of Public Ministry by U.N. Special Rapporteur Human rights abuses in the Dominican justice system, already under fire before international bodies, took a dramatic turn last week at the Second Investigative Court of the National District in Santo Domingo. In open court,…

Evidence Supports U.N. Human Rights Investigation of Dominican Republic

Evidence Supports U.N. Human Rights Investigation of Dominican Republic

Focus Shifts to Special Rapporteur Receiving Evidence on Arbitrary Arrest Carried Out by Berenice, Camacho A United Nations human rights body has sent a clear signal to judges and courts in the Dominican Republic: they must push back against prosecutors who “systematically interrupt” the right to a defense and illegally prolong preventive detentions. In fact,…

Dominican Republic Dragged Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Dominican Republic Dragged Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

International pressure is mounting on the government of the Dominican Republic for the worsening human rights abuses in its justice system. The latest in a growing series of international repercussions will happen this week before the most prestigious regional human rights monitor for the Americas. Citing “inertia and negligence” by the government in response to…

Preventive Detention Crisis in the Dominican Republic: “No Improvements”

Preventive Detention Crisis in the Dominican Republic: “No Improvements”

Recently, the Dominican National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) released a new report that found over 80% of the inmates in Dominican prisons are preventive prisoners and there had been “no improvements” to the country’s prevention detention crisis. The new findings by CDNH, first reported by Listin Diario, reveals a “deterioration in prison conditions” with a…

US-DR Tourism Pact Exposes Americans to Arbitrary Arrest

US-DR Tourism Pact Exposes Americans to Arbitrary Arrest

New agreement is conspicuously silent on illegal detention crisis documented by State Department Last week, the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo announced a “cooperative agreement” with the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic and the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) to boost tourism to the Caribbean nation with a…

Human Rights Accusations Escalate Against DR Prosecutors

Human Rights Accusations Escalate Against DR Prosecutors

Lawyers say Public Ministry, under fire from UN body for human rights violations, is mounting a “judicial coup d’etat” against the right to a defense Lawyers for two high-profile targets of investigations who have been detained but not charged recently denounced the Public Ministry of the Dominican Republic for interfering with due process, calling the…

It’s Time for Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Act on the DR’s Preventive Detention Crisis

It’s Time for Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield to Act on the DR’s Preventive Detention Crisis

Will the head of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations follow through on the Human Rights Council’s Decision? It’s been nearly two months since the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) released an explosive report that documented significant human rights violations by the Abinader government, particularly against former Attorney…

Tom Perez Visit Glosses Over the DR’s Forced Labor Crisis

Tom Perez Visit Glosses Over the DR’s Forced Labor Crisis

White House political advisor who previously spoke about human rights turns a blind eye to rampant human rights abuses in the Dominican Republic The White House Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) Tom Perez made a high-profile trip to the Dominican Republic last week. Ostensibly a state visit, the trip had nothing to…

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