Human Rights in the Dominican Republic under scrutiny at the United Nations

Dominicans for Justice and Peace


Wednesday, 26.09.2018The implementation of the Dominican Republic’s human rights obligations came under the microscope at a special meeting in Hall XXVII of the Palais des Nationsin Geneva on 24 September, 2018.


In an event focused on the sugar industry, a panel of speakers reviewed, among other things, working conditions, forced evictions and the lack of provision of adequate housing in the Dominican Republic. Evidence was heard from witnesses living in the Dominican Republic who had recently been affected by forcible evictions, illegal destruction of private property and failures of access to the justice system. An international law expert from the International Commission of Jurists expressed the view that, on the basis of the evidence heard, the Dominican Republic does not implement its human rights obligations. This also has implications for the human rights commitments of those buying sugar from the Dominican Republic.         


The meeting was attended by delegates from several country missions, who will be participating in the Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of the Dominican Republic which will take place in January 2019.