Milestones get selected by Dominicans for Justice and Peace each year to reflect certain accomplishments or highlights in the defense of human rights by the organisation and its partners that are worthy of special recognition.
In 2020, Dominicans for Justice and Peace became a member of the global coalition for the right to a healthy environment. In 2023, the coalition's remarkable efforts culminated in winning the prestigious UN Human Rights Award. This Award is both a recognition and an inspiration to governments, businesses, institutions, and people worldwide to contribute to ensure that the right to a healthy environment can be enjoyed, effectively, by all.
Our efforts to highlight the inhuman living and working conditions endured by Haitian and Haitian-descent labourers in sugarcane fields in the Dominican Republic yielded significant results. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection released an order to detain imports of raw sugar and sugar-based products produced by Central Romana Corp. based on evidence of forced labour.
An in-person training took place in Solomon Islands, conducted in collaboration with Franciscans International. This initiative not only bolstered the capacities of our partners but also fostered stronger collaboration among all stakeholders, both on the ground and in Geneva. Insightful community visits were organised following the training that enabled us to effectively pinpoint the adverse effects stemming from logging activities.
Recognition of the right to a healthy, clean and sustainable environment
Following years of efforts by civil society, including Dominicans for Justice and Peace, the UN General Assembly recognised that a healthy, clean and sustainable environment is a human right, boosting the decision-making process and actions taken by States to protect the environment.
Black Sand Mining Company Fined and Activities Halted
The exerted pressure from civil society, including Dominicans for Justice and Peace, led to the imposition of a fine and a halt of activities on a black sand mining company in the region of Zambales in the Philippines.
In the Dominican Republic, the engagement of Dominicans for Justice and Peace in denouncing human rights violations in the sugar industry helped to uncover one of the biggest financial scandals in history.
New UN Special Rapporteur on climate change and human rights
After 10 years of work by Civil Society Organisations, including Dominicans for Justice and Peace, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to create a new Special Rapporteur’s mandate on the promotion and protection of Human Rights in the context of Climate Change.
With the assistance of Dominicans for Justice and Peace, Dominicans in Abidjan have become credible partners for the juvenile justice institutions in the country as well as trustworthy and invaluable assistants for the young detainees.
The director of Dominicans for Justice and Peace addressed the United Nations at the 14th Crime Congress and raised awareness for wholesome approaches to juvenile justice.