Dominican Republic rejects human rights report

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 7 at 4:33 PM

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic has rejected a human rights report that accuses the government of discrimination following a court ruling that could strip the citizenship of thousands of people born to migrants living there illegally.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the Caribbean country was deciding people's nationalities based on private arbitration.

Commission President Jose de Jesus Orozco said the organization received nearly 4,000 testimonies and complaints from people affected by a court ruling that states those born in the Dominican Republic since 1929 to foreigners living illegally in the country are not automatically granted citizenship.

The administration of Danilo Medina criticized the report in a statement Saturday and said the finding was a subjective, partial and unilateral version of the issue.

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