Respect for international law urged amid fears of deportations in Dominican Republic

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Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, during the daily noon press briefing at UN headquarters. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have been urged by the United Nations to respect international law and humanitarian principles as thousands brace for deportations in the Caribbean country.

In September 2013, the highest court in the Dominican Republic ruled that people born after 1929 could only be guaranteed citizenship if they had at least one Dominican parent.

Human rights groups reportedly fear that more than 210,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent could become stateless.

Stephanie Coutrix has more.

Wednesday was the deadline for undocumented immigrants in the Dominican Republic to register with the government to regularize their immigration status.

The United Nations says the Dominican government has given assurances that it will apply due process standards on an individual basis and will protect people against unlawful deportation.

Here's Deputy UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq.

"In the event of an increase in the scale of deportations, the United Nations calls for close coordination between the Haitian and Dominican governments to ensure an orderly and transparent process open to observation by the UN and the international community."

Mr Haq added that the UN remains committed to resolve the problems of the people who are deprived of nationality, as a result of the 2013 ruling of the Dominican constitutional court.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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