Dominican Republic reviewed by 6th UPR session
Monday, 07 December 2009 09:20


The human rights situation in the Dominican Republic was examined under the UPR on 1 December 2009. The Dominican Republic was represented by the Secretary of State for Labour, Mr Max Puig. Presenting the State report, Mr Puig highlighted that it equally covered positive developments and current problems existing in the country. Most States assessed positively the comprehensiveness of the report, and steps taken by the Government to ensure access to food and education; reduce poverty; and implement a zero-tolerance policy on impunity, human rights violations and abuses by the national police forces. However, States expressed concerns and made recommendations on the following topics:



  • High rates of domestic violence and violence against women, the need for investigation and prosecution of such cases, and protection of victims of domestic violence.
  • Additional measures to combat trafficking in persons with particular attention to trafficking in minors and women.
  • Access to personal identity documents and civil registration for the population in general, and particularly for Haitian descendents.
  • Freedom of the press and allegations of abuse of rights of journalists and human rights defenders, and the need to investigate all allegations of intimidation of journalists and human rights defenders. In that context, Norway specifically recommended to the Dominican Republic to disseminate information on the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.
  • Measures taken by the Government to ensure effective investigation of alleged cases of extrajudicial executions, ill-treatment, and abuse of force by the police.
  • Creation of an independent national human rights institution.
  • Ratification of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and its Optional Protocol, the Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, and the Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. In the context of the need for better cooperation with the UN human rights machinery, a number of States recommended the Dominican Republic to allow visits of special procedures to the country.


At the adoption of the outcome report, the Dominican Republic accepted 43 of the recommendations made to it, took 31 recommendations under consideration but rejected five recommendations. The rejected recommendations focused on bringing the granting of nationality and citizenship into line with international standards and on tackling impunity.

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