From Deacon Mike James:
Today across the Commonwealth and beyond 1 August is celebrated as the anniversary the day Slavery was finally abolished in 1838 throughout the British Empire. (A public holiday in Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago)
By symbolic coincidence, in the DR, today Juliana Deguis received her national ID confirming her citizenship of the Dominican Republic where she was born 1 April 1984 of Haitian parents. See below ...
Santo Domingo: The most famous Dominican of Haitian descent on Friday received her ID card (cedula) at the Central Electoral Board (JCE) in a process her attorneys called fast and "free of trauma."
Juliana Deguis arrived at the JCE District Board at Centro de los Heroes (La Feria) at 10:30 under a downpour rain and after routine paperwork was handed her Dominican ID.
After receiving the cedula, Deguis said the first thing she'll do will be to enrol her four children in school and look for a job, to lead a normal life in her native town of Yamasa, eastern Monte Plata province.
Her lawyers Genaro Rincón and María Martínez said they were satisfied the their client's odyssey has come to an end, but vowed to continue their fight since many other descendants of Haitians are going through the same situation.
Juliana Deguis Pierre Is Now A Dominican
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has announced that the application for an identity card (cedula) for Juliana Deguis Pierre is now complete and she can now collect her cedula.
Deguis Pierre has been at the forefront of Haitians demanding Dominican citizenship but to date had no identity card. The Constitutional Court had determined that her Dominican identity had been irregularly issued. Deguis benefited by expedited naturalization for humanitarian reasons under the process established by Law 169-14.
The Communications' Director of the JCE said that all her data has been confirmed and Deguis Pierre can now go to any cedula issuing office and pick up her card.
Emancipation DayDate: 01/08
On August 1, 1838, the enslaved Africans throughout the British Empire in the Caribbean were finally freed from the bondage of chattel slavery.
In 1985, August 1, Emancipation Day, was declared a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1985, Emancipation celebrations have grown into a major national festival, where tens of thousands of people participate in various activities.
In 1997 Emancipation day was also declared a Public Holiday in Jamaica.