Dominican Republic: Strikes following the 16 May 1994 elections, particularly those involving the "National Front Union of Route Drivers - The Federation;" whether they were violent and, if so, whether there were consequences for the strikers (May 1994 - January 1995)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 November 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||DOM30441.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Dominican Republic: Strikes following the 16 May 1994 elections, particularly those involving the "National Front Union of Route Drivers - The Federation;" whether they were violent and, if so, whether there were consequences for the strikers (May 1994 - January 1995), 1 November 1998, DOM30441.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acd548.html [accessed 20 June 2013]|
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No references to strikes involving the "National Front Union of Route Drivers - The Federation" could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. However, the August 1994 issue of Keesing's states:
Strikes against electoral fraud reportedly paralysed the capital, Santo Domingo, and south-western and north-western regions on July 12. Over 100 protesters were reportedly arrested for public order offences, some of whom were charged with making home-made bombs to threaten retailers opposed to the strike (40136).
The 28 July 1994 issue of Latin American Weekly Report states that "The strike called in protest against electoral fraud spread in mid-July to the capital. For four days running, strike action partially paralysed Santo Domingo and several northern cities (336)."
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. August 1994. Vol. 4, No. 8. "Dominican Republic: July Political Crisis."
Latin American Weekly Report [London]. 28 July 1994. "Dominican Republic: Protests."
Additional Sources Consulted
Alerta [Toronto]. May 1994 - December 1994.
Amnesty International Report. 1995.
America's Update [Toronto]. May 1994 - December 1994.
Caribbean and Central America Report [London]. May 1994 - December 1994.
Current History [Philadelphia]. May 1994 - March 1995.
International Confederation of Free-Trade Unions (ICFTU). 1995. Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights. Brussels.
Electronic sources: IRB databases, Internet, NEXIS/LEXIS, REFWORLD, WNC.
Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Po1itical Rights & Civil Liberties 1 994 - 1995. New York: Freedom House.
Hemisfile [La Jolla, Ca.]. May 1994 - December 1994.
Latinamerica Press [Lima]. May 1994 - December 1994.
Latin America Weekly Reports [London]. May 1994 - December 1994.
Problèmes D'Amerique Latine [Paris]. April 1994 - December 1994.
Resource Centre country file on the Dominican Republic. April 1994 - December 1994.
Unsuccessful attempts to contact oral sources.