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Dominican Republic: New country guide on business & human rights by the Danish Institute for Human Rights highlights risks and trends

“Dominican Republic Country Guide” – 01 August 2014

The Human Rights and Business Country Guide contains information regarding the potential and actual human rights impacts of businesses in the country context. The information in this Guide is gathered from publicly available sources, and is intended to help companies respect human rights and contribute to development in their own operations and those of their suppliers and business partners. …The UN Human Rights Committee noted concerns in 2012 regarding lack of information in relation to the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association for undocumented migrant workers...The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concern in 2013 that the constitution did not prohibit discrimination on grounds of race and that the Criminal Code did not include a definition of racial discrimination in line with international standards…Particular attention should be given to Haitian migrants and the agriculture and construction sectors... In 2013, the UN CERD reported that irregular migrants, mainly of Haitian origin, worked under oral contracts or in the informal sector and had limited access to social security benefits. Additionally, the report also noted that Haitian migrants living in sugarcane work camps (bateyes) had limited access to health services, housing, sanitation, drinking water and education. The same year, the National Commission on Human Rights reported on high levels of HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality rates, sexual violence against women and children at bateyes…