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Dominican Republic

Monthly Updates

November 2022

The Dominican Republic has stepped up its border enforcement, including through deportations of Haitians, arguing the measure is needed for security purposes, considering the exacerbation of violence in the neighbouring country. The government’s actions have raised concerns regarding the use of violence against migrants, discrimination, arbitrary detentions, and other human rights violations as immigration agents implement strict controls. The United Nations refugee agency has urged countries receiving Haitian asylum seekers to halt forced returns to Haiti due to the continuing crises. It has also highlighted that forced returns of people to countries where they could face torture, persecution, or irreparable harm could constitute “refoulement”, which is prohibited under international law.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
10 953 710
System of government
Presidential system
Head of government
President Luis Abinader (since 2020)
Head of government party
Modern Revolutionary Party
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
List Proportional Representation
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
27.9%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
12.5%
Last legislative election
2020
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
3.65
Head of state
President Luis Abinader
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (two-round majority)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
30/01/2019
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
66.49%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
State Party
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
State Party
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
State Party
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
State Party
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
State Party
Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
No Action
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
Signatory
International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
State Party
Regional Treaties
American Convention on Human Rights
State Party
Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Signatory
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GSoD Indices

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