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Following its meeting in Montserrat on Friday, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority expressed its “collective abhorrence at the 23 September 2013 ruling of the constitutional court of the Dominican Republic that effectively renders stateless, thousands of men, women and children mostly of Haitian descent.”

The Authority, in a communiqué, described the decision of the constitutional court as “repulsive and discriminatory.” 

Representatives of OECS member countries have agreed to suspend immediately, any consideration of the application by the Dominican Republic, for membership of CARICOM.

They further agreed that until this injustice has been addressed, the member states of the OECS would find it extremely difficult to engage with the Dominican Republic in various fora including within the councils of the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM). 

Equally, the communiqué said, consideration ought to be accorded by the relevant authorities to the continued participation in the PetroCaribe Agreement of the Dominican Republic, until a credible plan of corrective measures be elaborated, for implementation in the shortest possible time, by the government of the Dominican Republic, regarding the issue at hand.

The members have also called on other regional and hemispheric organisations such as the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) to speak out unequivocally, in condemnation of this ruling.

Meanwhile, a special meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM will be held on Tuesday in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to discuss the issue.

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