Structural racial discrimination, inequality, the criminalization of abortion, and the excessive use of force by the National Police are major human rights concerns. Authorities in the Dominican Republic are still implementing a 2013 ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that stripped citizenship from tens of thousands of Dominicans of migrant descent, mostly of Haitian origin. Thousands of migrants were able to regularize their status thanks to a national regularization plan that ended in 2018. However, many eligible people still cannot resolve their situation, and the practice of illegal expulsions and deportations continues, as do the challenges to accessing asylum in the Dominican Republic.

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