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Santo Domingo. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2012 v6n2 p0930

Above, picture of Santo Domingo, on my first night in the island of Hispaniola on Feb 6 2010 on the way to witness the relief effort after the Jan 12 2010 earthquake. I did not know that we were needed right there, in the sugar canes.

Santo Domingo is the capital city in the Dominican Republic near the border of Haiti.
Independence: Feb 27, 1844. Restoration of independence, Aug 16, 1863.

Constitution: Nov 28, 1966 (amended July 25, 2002); 2010.

Branches: Executive--president (chief of state and head of government), vice president, cabinet. Legislative--bicameral Congress (Senate and House of Representatives). Judicial--Supreme Court of Justice.

Subdivisions: 31 provinces and the National District of Santo Domingo.

Political parties: Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC), and several others.

Suffrage: Universal and compulsory, over 18 or married.
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Edited from Exploitation of Workers in the Dominican Republic's Sugar Fields Continues by Cassandra Waters, Oct 02, 2013, published on http://www.aflcio.org

 
"The US Department of Labor (DOL) released a report which detailed severe worker abuse on sugar plantations, click here.

The most sugar workers are Haitian or of Haitian descent and are undocumented, leaving them particularly vulnerable to extreme exploitation. The DOL’s report confirms ongoing, systematic abuses, including the use of child and forced labor; hazardous working conditions; wage theft; denial of medical, pension and other benefits if the worker is undocumented; routine violations of minimum wage and overtime rules; and retaliatory firings against union activists and workers who attempt to mount legal challenges against their employer.


The DOL has announced a 4-year project aimed at reducing child labor, improving working conditions and enhancing the capacity of the Dominican government to enforce domestic labor law. While this is a welcome effort, the deplorable conditions sugar industry workers face cannot be rigorously addressed without confronting the much broader problem of migrant workers’ rights in the Dominican Republic.


Unfortunately, Dominican policies routinely discriminate against migrant workers and individuals of Haitian descent in ways that exacerbate workers’ vulnerability. Many sugar sector workers lack legal documentation or passports and even birth certificates. This restricts movement, invites employer manipulation and makes it difficult or impossible to find alternative employment. Dominican immigration policy escalates the problem. The 2010 Constitution denies citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants, even those born in the country. The Central Electoral Board, the entity charged with issuing national identification documents, plans to review about 16,000 individuals born in the Dominican Republic to determine whether they should be stripped of their citizenship. The government already denies Dominicans of Haitian descent access to identity documents and seems intent on dramatically increasing the number of stateless individuals in the coming months. This systematic disenfranchisement forces workers into low-paid, dangerous employment with few legal protections to guard against abuse.


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