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68 Other human rights abuses cited by the State Department in recent human rights reports have included violence against women (domestic abuse, rape, and femicide); abuses by police and other justice sector authorities; and trafficking in persons (TIP). 69 In recent statements and in the State Department’s Country Report on Human Rights Practices covering 2013, the Obama Administration has expressed concern about the potential impact of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling on the status of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic (see “Ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal of the Dominican Republic”).

Funded Naval Base Sparks Controversy in the Dominican Republic,” Americas/Society, February 27, 2012. 59 “DR Military Personnel Arrested on Drug Links,” LatinNews Daily, October 2, 2012. S. , February 1, 2011. 61 For historical background, see CRS Report RL31870, The Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), by J. F. Hornbeck. S. government provided $136 million to CAFTA-DR countries to improve respect for international labor standards as outlined in a “White Paper” developed and agreed to in 2005 by the Vice Ministers responsible for trade and labor in each of the CAFTA-DR countries.

F. Hornbeck. 37 EIU, February 2014. 38 E-mail from the Dominican Embassy in Washington, DC, October 9, 2012. 39 Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales [CDEEE], Informe del Desempeño del Sector Eléctrico, July 2012. 40 “Medina Joins with Predecessors with Vow to Fix Electricity,” Dominican Today, February 3, 2014. 41 “Dominican Republic: Break with the IMF,” EIU Business Latin America, February 27, 2012. 42 EIU, February 2014. 43 Stephan Nielsen, “Dominican Republic Baits $770 Million of Wind Farms With Perks,” Bloomberg, August 4, 2011.

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