The United Nations System in the Dominican Republic is aware of the complex situation in Haiti, its potential impact on its neighbor, and the concerns of Dominican society in the face of the worsening crisis.
It also recognizes the will and actions of the Dominican government to mobilize and seek the support of the international community to the Haitian authorities and people in the search for solutions and a response to the humanitarian, security and development dimensions of the crisis.
The United Nations System, recognizing the sovereignty of the Dominican State to apply its legislation and policies for border and migration management, has been working for many years to strengthen its migration policy within a framework of rights and in compliance with standards. and international conventions. The United Nations system will continue to support all efforts in this direction.
However, the United Nations system expresses concern about recent actions by police authorities in various Dominican regions, which endanger the lives of pregnant women seeking or receiving care in health centers and hospitals. These actions do not comply with the process established in national protocols and international conventions and standards, which prohibit the expulsion of pregnant women, infants, the elderly and the sick, including special procedures in the case of children. and unaccompanied adolescents.
The United Nations System calls on the State authorities implementing the decisions taken by the National Council for Migration to suspend actions violating or threatening the human rights of the Haitian population and to restore respect for human dignity in the country. application of its migration and security policies.
The United Nations system reiterates its firm will to support the Dominican State in the establishment of measures to fight against irregular migration and security in accordance with international human rights standards, in particular for women, children and adolescents, while promoting good relations between the two countries.