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The US condemns thousands of extrajudicial deaths in the DR from 2007 to 2019

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. – The United States State Department revealed that more than three thousand people died in clashes with agents of the National Police or the security force of the Dominican authorities between the years 2007 and 2019.

After the writing of a report on human rights. the State Department stated that of these deaths, the exact number of extrajudicial executions is unknown.

The United States Government strongly criticizes the Dominican authorities because it considers that illegal or arbitrary killings are carried out in the country by the security forces.

He understands that these executions are part of the main human rights problems in the country.

The State Department said that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) reported that as of October there were more than 70 extrajudicial executions by the Police in 2019.

Although this figure represents a decrease of approximately 30% since 2018, the media and civil society acknowledged that many of the cases were not reported due to a lack of confidence in the justice system to press charges.

CRITICAL CHANCELLOR. While Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado considered that the State Department report does not correspond to the reality that the country is experiencing.

He said that this nation is living a rule of law and a healthy and consolidated democracy.

“That is what we are reflecting from the government administration, which has been the most successful administration in all the organs for the advancement of human rights in the Dominican Republic,” said Foreign Minister Vargas.

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