Friday 31.8.2018 in Latest Developments in Dominican Republic Country Page
El movimiento social Marcha Verde, aseguró que la “Marcha del Millón” señaló con toda claridad al presidente Danilo Medina, así como al expresidente Leonel Fernández y la cúpula del PLD como los “principales responsables del actual régimen de corrupción … https://t.co/hyhB6lYSZ5 pic.twitter.com/8wsg99QLCO— acento.com.do (@acentodiario) August 15, 2018
The Movimiento Marcha Verde (Green March Movement) continues to mobilise against impunity and corruption, in particular as a response to the Odebrecht scandal that has rocked the current government over accusations of gross misconduct and corrupt practices. Most recently, on 12th August 2018, thousands of citizens dressed in green t-shirts marched in Santo Domingo holding signs that read "End to Impunity" and "Thieves to Prison". The march was supported by several social organisations and political parties, including the main opposition group Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).
In a separate development, on 4th June 2018, two community leaders and a policeman were injured during protests in Licey and Moca, in the Province of Santiago. Media reports indicate that police forces shot Elías Gomez, leader of the Frente de Lucha Unido y Popular ( Front of United and Popular Struggle) in Licey, without any provocation. Later that day, another community leader from Moca and policeman Toribio Bencosme were shot. Protesters took to the streets to demand an improvement of basic services, such as potable water, electricity, sewers, and better roads.
On 15th July 2018, thousands of Dominicans gathered in Santo Domingo to demand the decriminalization of abortion in cases of threats to the life of the mother, fetal impairment and in case the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The protest was organised by the Coalition for the Rights and Life of Women, comprised of more than 100 different organisations. Speakers requested "the immediate guarantee of health, life, dignity and integrity of women through the decriminalization of abortion in extreme circumstances".
La Coalición por los Derechos y la Vida de las mujeres, integrada por 85 organizaciones no gubernamentales, reclama que en el largamente debatido proyecto de nuevo Código Penal se despenalice el aborto en tres causales.— Naciones Unidas RD (@ONU_RD) August 1, 2018
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Speaking at the conference “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era: Challenges, Threats and Limitations” from 4th to 6th July 2018, international experts stated that the country's Freedom of Expression Act should be aligned with international standards regarding freedom of expression. Although the experts considered the 2010 constitutional reform as a significant step forward, considerable gaps still need to be addressed.