Human rights groups have criticized the authorities in the Dominican Republic for allegedly violating the rights of Haitian citizens during deportations.
The Joint Workforce in charge of the operations was singled out by the Human Rights Observatory for Vulnerable Groups, ODHGV, and the association We Are Haitian Students in the Dominican Republic,SEHRD, at a news conference.
According to ODHGV legal adviser Juan Alberto Francisco, security forces arrest Haitians and violently pack them into “mobile prisons,” where they wait for hours before they are driven to detention centers.
“Many Haitians are arrested despite the fact that they have legal documentation, sometimes even Dominican residency rights, but they are still arrested under the allegations that the papers may be fake,” said Francisco.
He also said that security officers sometimes take away the Haitians' belongings during the detentions.
Last Thursday, Francisco said the SEHRD President Avenel Archelus was violently assaulted, injured and arrested while he was trying to find his passport.
He also condemned the Dominican government for failing to renew the documentation of Haitians who applied for the National Plan of Legalization for the period 2014-2015.
Meanwhile, conservative sectors in the country have been calling for the government to address the migration of Haitians.
Last week, Dominican Defense Minister Ruben Dario Paulino Sem promised to increase security along the 400-meter-kilometer-long border with Haiti.