These deportations have left these persons stateless.
International legal instruments related to statelessness include:
• 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 15
• 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons
• 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness
• 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 24
• 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 7
• 1997 European Convention on Nationality
The 1954 Convention entered into force on June 6, 1960 provides the definition of a “stateless person” and is the foundation of the international legal framework to address statelessness.
The 1961 Convention is the leading international instrument that sets rules for the conferral and non-withdrawal of citizenship to prevent statelessness.
The Dominican Republic is not a signatory to this treatise and neither is Haiti.
The Documentary: STATELESS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, tells the stories of statelessness in the Dominican Republic and issues along the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.