Dominican Republic

'Season of natural disasters’ calls for action to address extreme weather events – Dominican Republic

Amid a “devastating season of natural disasters” in the region – widespread catastrophe that extends to Mexico, hit by two destructive earthquakes, and to the southern United States, viciously punished by Hurricane Harvey – the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic today called on the United Nations to consider “new actions we must take, urgently, to counteract extreme climatic phenomena.”

News in Brief 18 May 2017 (AM)

“Imperative” to find a resolution to Palestinian hunger strike

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has said it is “imperative” to find a resolution to end the on-going hunger strike by Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

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UN expert urges Dominican Republic to place child protection at core of tourism strategy

Those who come to the Dominican Republic to sexually exploit children must know that they will be punished, a United Nations independent expert said, urging the Government to put child protection at the centre of its tourism strategy.

News in Brief 7 February 2017 (PM)

Surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine forces children out of school

Thousands of children have been forced out of schools in eastern Ukraine following last week’s surge in fighting, humanitarian organisations in the country have confirmed.

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Irregular migrants from Dominican Republic receiving support in Haiti

Irregular migrants returning to Haiti from the Dominican Republic are receiving support from UN agencies and partner organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Haitians leaving Dominican Republic “feel desperate”

Haitians leaving the Dominican Republic are desperate and concerned about the future, according to a UN Police Officer stationed at a border crossing between the two countries.

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UN rights office voices concern over Dominican Republic’s ruling on regional court

The United Nations human rights office today voiced deep concern about a recent Dominican Constitutional Court’s ruling that the country’s recognition of the competence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is unconstitutional.

UN agency urges Dominican Republic to restore nationality of people of Haitian descent

Voicing deep concern over a ruling that renders countless Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Dominican Government to rapidly restore the nationality of those affected.

Poor Dominican Republic farmers to win greater access to markets under UN project

Some 19,000 rural households in the poorest areas of the Dominican Republic are set to benefit from a $31 million United Nations project to directly link farmers with markets and pilot new risk management mechanisms.