Human Rights Activist to Speak on Stateless Persons in Dominican Republic

Posted on 9/24/2015 4:30:05 PM
Ricardo Campusano

On Wednesday, September 30, IUP will host attorney and human rights activist Ricardo Campusano, who will give a presentation titled “The Situation of Stateless Persons in the Dominican Republic.” He will discuss the effects of recent laws and constitutional definitions that have left thousands of Dominican-born and longtime residents without citizenship in any country.

The lecture will take place from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. in Beard Auditorium in Stouffer Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Attendance vouchers will be provided. 

Campusano practices law in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, and also serves as the Secretary of Political and Civil Rights for the National Commission for Human Rights (la Comision Nacional de Derechos Humanos).

In this presentation, he will explain how thousands of persons, mostly of Haitian descent, were made stateless when a 2004 law and the Dominican constitution of 2010 did away with birthright citizenship and a 2013 constitutional court ruling made that standard retroactive. He will describe the legal, social, and economic hardships that these stateless persons face, including the difficulties in obtaining birth and identification documents and the threat of deportation. Finally, Campusano will discuss how international and local human rights organizations have responded to the Dominican government's policies. 

This PowerPoint-based lecture will be given in Spanish with English translation. 

This event is cosponsored by the Pan-African Studies Program and the Latin American Studies Program