ABA Statement on The Dominican Republic
The Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) condemns the recent ruling by the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court on September 23, 2013 (Ruling 0168-13), which has created a volatile human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic. As other outraged organizations like Amnesty International, CARICOM (Caribbean Community), the Haitian Studies Association, the National Bar Association, and the governments of Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have observed, the court ruling does the following:
- It strips citizenship from the offspring of non-resident Haitians born in the Dominican Republic where nationality is conferred by place of birth;
- It denies Dominican children of Haitian descent the right to an identity and nationality;
- It overlooks the due process of law; and
- It disregards the binding character of decisions made by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in favor of Haitian-descended Dominicans.
As a result of the ruling, people of Haitian descent are being stripped of their rights and deported.
The ABA stands in solidarity with the people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic and calls on the Dominican Parliament to pass a law countermanding the Constitutional Court’s ruling that renders people of Haitian descent stateless. We also call on the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, to sign said legislation into law.
In the spirit of the Haitian Revolution, where people of African descent fought for the right to live dignified lives, we call for an end to the current violence perpetrated against Haitian-descended Dominicans, an end to the deportation of people of Haitian descent, and a prompt resolution of this serious matter. Let us all stand together and act in the interests of humanity and human rights and allow people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic to lead safe and dignified lives.
The ABA seeks to ensure that people studied by anthropologists are not only objects of study but active makers and/or participants in their own history. In a larger sense, we intend to highlight situations of exploitation, oppression and discrimination.
More on the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Court Ruling, and Haitians in the Dominican Republic (as of January 22, 2014):
Focus on Haiti
It has been two years since a 7.0 earthquake devastated parts of Haiti. This natural disaster has claimed over 300,000 lives and left more than a half a million homeless. Additionally, Haitians are suffering from a cholera outbreak which has claimed thousands of lives and overall slow recovery from the earthquake.
Haitian woman carrying supplies amid the destruction from the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. (U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Anthony Crone.)
In 2012, the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) continues to focus on Haiti by standing in support and solidarity with Haiti by disseminating Haiti-related information and providing anthropological analysis of recent news from Haiti.
To facilitate an informed dialogue about the past, present and future of Haiti, we ask that peers and colleagues continue to submit relevant Haiti-related information to the ABA focus on Haiti website to Bertin M. Louis, Jr. at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send:
- Articles and Essays by anthropologists about Haiti and Haitian Earthquake Recovery-related topics,
- Links of anthropologists in the media discussing Haiti and Haitian Earthquake Recovery-related topics,
- Websites about Haiti, Haitian Culture and History, and
- Annotated bibliographic information.
- Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012)
- American Anthropological Association: Remembering Michel-Rolph Trouillot
- Remembering Trouillot (Colin Dayan)
- Anthropology Report: Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Bibliography
- Cholera and Earthquake Relief (courtesy of potomitan.net)
- Partners in Health
- Digital Library of the Caribbean’s Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative
- Dwa Fanm
- Haiti Reborn
- New Books about Haiti and Haitians
- Mark Schuller. 2012. Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs
- Books about the Haiti Earthquake by Anthropologists
- Haiti After The Earthquake by Paul Farmer
- Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake. Edited by Mark Schuller and Pablo Morales
Anthropologists Discussing Haiti in the Media: Recent Commentary (as of November 3rd, 2012)
- Jemima Pierre
- Bill Clinton Loves Haiti
- Don’t Blame Repbulicans for Obama’s Actions in Haiti
- The Puppet, the Dictator, and the President: Haiti Today and Tomorrow
- The Dominican Republic Hates Black People
- Our Failure On Haiti
- Mark Schuller
- What Wyclef Lays Bare for Monday’s Foreign Policy Debate
- Haiti’s Second Goudougoudou: The Global Food Crisis
- “Too Soon for the Carnival des Fleurs: Sweeping Haiti’s Poor Back under the Rug”
- “Chaos and Cholera: Haiti’s Message to the Tea Party (and the Rest of Us)”
- Gina Athena Ulysse
- Defending Vodou in Haiti
Anthropologists Discussing Post-Earthquake Haiti in the Media (Alphabetical Order)
- Greg Beckett
- Moving Beyond Disaster to Build a Durable Future in Haiti
- Is the United States Doing Enough for Haiti?
- Elizabeth Chin
- Why Adopting Haitian Children is a Terrible Idea
- Anthropology Now Haiti Watch
- Alex Dupuy
- Foreign Help Actually Hurting Haiti
- Paul Farmer
- How to Stop Cholera in Haiti
- Haitian Government Needs More Aid NECN.com
- PBS News Hour
- The New York Times
- Jeffrey Kahn
- Cut the Red Tape: Why Haitians Need Humanitarian Parole Now
- Helping Haiti Help Itself
- Relax the Caps for Haitian Visa Applicants
- Jim Yong Kim
- Dartmouth’s President, a Global Health Leader, Offers Perspectives on Helping Haiti Chronicle of Higher Education
- Jonna Knappenberger
- Cholera Cases and Questions in the North
- Violence in Cap Haitien update
- Milot’s Forgotten “Tent City”
- Bertin M. Louis, Jr.
- Studying Voodoo isn’t a Judgement USA Today article referencing essays.
- Haiti’s Pact with the Devil? Some Haitians Believe This Too
- The Hubert Smith Radio Show
- WATE-6 News (Knoxville, TN)
- Tennessee This Week (Knoxville, TN)
- The Hubert Smith Radio Show/Haiti: One Year After the Earthquake
- Elizabeth McAlister
- Voodoo’s View of the Quake in Haiti
- Devil’s Logic: Behind Pat Robertson’s Blame Game
- Haiti’s Musical Traditions, Past and Present
- Elizabeth McAlister on Hope and Tragedy
- Voodoo Brings Solace to Haitians
- Why Does Haiti Suffer So Much?
- Sidney Mintz
- Whitewashing Haiti’s History
- Jemima Pierre
- The politics of rebuilding Haiti CounterSpin interview
- How to Help Haiti
- Karen Richman
- Mass Graves May Have Lasting Spiritual Impact in Haiti
- Run From the Earthquake, Fall Into The Abyss: A Léogane Paradox
- Nina Glick Schiller and Georges Fouron
- Killing Me Softly: Violence, Globalization, and the Apparent State
- Bill Quigley and Amber Ramanauskas
- Where the Relief Money Did and Did Not Go: Haiti After the Quake
- Mark Schuller
- Did you Drink Soup? Strains on Solidarity in Haiti
- Haiti One Year Later
- Haiti’s Unnatural Disasters
- Unstable Foundations: Human Rights of Haiti’s 1.5 Million IDPs
- Falling Through the Cracks, Or Unstable Foundations?
- Rained Out? Opportunities in Haiti Washing Away
- Sowing Seeds of Hope or Seeds of Dependence?
- Double Victims: The Haitian Earthquake Through Women’s Eyes
- Haiti’s Resurrection: Promoting Human Rights
- Tectonic Shifts? The upcoming donors conference for Haiti
- Clearing the Rubble, Including the Old Plan for Haiti
- Interview with Mark Schuller on Democracy Now!
- Fault Lines: Haiti’s Earthquake and Reconstruction, Through the Eyes of Many
- Uncertain Ground
- Passing The Riot Test
- Starfish and Seawalls: Responding to Haiti’s Earthquake, Now and Long-Term Commondreams.org
- Gina Athena Ulysse
- The Haiti Story You Won’t Read
- Haiti’s fouled-up Elections
- Haiti’s Electionaval
- Haiti’s Solidarity with Angels
- Why Representations of Haiti Matter Now more than Ever
- Rape a Part of Daily Life for Haitian Women in Relief Camps
- Goudougoudou: Earthquake Memories from Haiti
- Haiti’s Future: Repeating Disasters
- Haiti’s Earthquake’s Name and Some Women’s Trauma
- New Narratives for Haiti MP3; an interview on Feminist Magazine on KPFK
- Haiti’s Vodou Religion Ulysse and Sibylle Fischer discuss how Vodou (please note spelling) has been demonized to become “voodoo”
- Haiti Will Never Be The Same Ulysse discusses Haiti’s past and why it must set a different course in the future
- Haiti’s Future: A Requiem for the Dying
- Amid Rubble And Ruin, Our Duty To Haiti Remains National Public Radio
- The Way We See Haiti Here on Earth
- Why Context Matters: Journalists and Haiti
- Haitian Feminist Yolette Jeanty Honored With Other Global Women’s Activists
- The Legacy of Haitian FeministPaulette Poujol-Oriol
- Why I am Marching for “Ayiti Cherie” (Beloved Haiti)
- Landon Yarrington
- More Updates from Cap Haitien
- Updates from Cap Haitien
- Violence in Cap Haitien
- A Day at the Beach
- Port-au-Prince or Port-au-President?
- Can Wyclef Tap Haiti’s Youth Movement?
- How Haiti Can Reclaim Sovereignty
- The Logic of Triage in Humanitarian Action
Haiti Facts and History
- Haiti Lives: Contributions of Haitian Anthropologist Antenor Firmin by Deneia Fairweather
- C.I.A. World Factbook – Haiti
- Bob Corbett’s Haitian History Page
- Haiti and the U.S.A.: Neighbors Linked by History and Community. The Trinity College Haiti Program.
Annotated Haiti Bibliography
- Farmer, Paul. 1994.The Uses of Haiti. Monroe: Common Courage Press.
- The Uses of Haiti uses the quest for human dignity of the majority of Haitian society (the Haitian poor) as a critical lens to analyze Haitian history. By reviewing the actions of nations such as France and the United States and particular actors in Haitian history such as Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian upper class, the Haitian military, François and Jean-Claude Duvalier, Farmer’s goal is to reveal the structural issues (structural adjustment programs, an indemnity the Boyer administration paid France in the 19th century so that France would not invade Haiti and the Duvalier kleptocracy) to provide answers as to why poverty and underdevelopment are persistent in Haiti. (Visit Amazon’s Paul Farmer page.)
- Glick Schiller, Nina and Georges Fouron. 2001. Georges Woke Up Laughing: Long-Distance Nationalism and the Search for Home. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Georges Woke Up Laughing is a superb ethnography which uses research in the United States and research in Haiti to demonstrate the continued ties between Haitians living in the United States and Haiti. Using the experiences and family history of Dr. Georges Fouron, a professor of education and Africana Studies at Stony Brook University who is of Haitian descent, the text takes readers from the United States to Haiti to analyze the current crisis in Haiti, gender, nationalism and the relationship between later generations of Haitian Americans and Haiti. (View more on Amazon.)
- Pamphile, Leon. 2001. Haitians and African Americans: A Heritage of Tragedy and Hope. Gainesville: University of Florida Press.
- Haitians and African Americansis an informative text which demonstrates the long historical relationship between Haitians and African Americans. This book deals with the shared heritage of slavery for both groups and how the paths of African Americans and Haitians have crossed repeatedly in their dual quest for freedom from human bondage and equality. For example, this book recognizes some of important contributions that Haitians made to American society by Haitians like the founding of Chicago by a Haitian named Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. In addition, the text notes the African American political support of Haiti and Haitians especially during the Haitian boat crisis of the late 20th century. (View more on Amazon.)
- Zéphir, Flore. 2004. The Haitian Americans. Westport: Greenwood Press.
- The Haitian Americans is an excellent resource about the Haitian presence in the United States. The author provides a detailed history of Haiti, a history of Haitians in the United States, statistics about Haitian migration to the United States, information about established and growing Haitian communities across the United States and short biographies about prominent Haitian Americans who contribute to the fabric of American society. (View more on Amazon.)