A 122 mile-long border separates the Dominican Republic and Haiti on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Of the two countries, Haiti’s human rights abuses are much more somber than the emerging developments of the Dominican Republic. Haiti’s stagnant economic situation has contributed to perennial political instability and lack of infrastructure, having a particularly confounding affect on the rights and labor conditions of Haitian citizens. There are a myriad of reasons why Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Two of the most prominent include its violent political history and the gradual deterioration of its economy. In the context of human rights and labor conditions, Haitians have taken on the burden of their country’s collapse. Labor conditions in Haiti are almost non-existent with the majority of citizens resorting to slash and burn farming or emigration to the Dominican Republic. Furthermore, overcrowding is an issue in Haiti which is one of the most overpopulated countries in the world occupying only one-third of the island of Hispaniola but containing nearly two-thirds of the population.
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"Human Rights Abuses Along the Dominican-Haitian Border,"
Human Rights & Human Welfare: Vol. 9:
1, Article 68.
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