Talk:Dominican Republic

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Is the Dominican Republic truly a Republic?[edit]

It seems strange to me that this article, while discussing changes of leadership, does not explicitly describe the current form of government. Netmouse (talk) 12:41, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

On the Ethnic Group tab on the Sidebar[edit]

In the Ethnic Group tab on the Sidebar are included 4 classifications: Mestizo, White, Black and Yellow. What's given as a reference for these particular groups is the Census from 1960, however when looking up said census on the Dominican National Statistics Office one will come across this page ( in which there's 2 documents given one is an Excel Document and the other is a compressed archives document. The .rar link for downloading is currently down. However the .xlsx is currently available (direct link to download it here: and on it on the "Cuadro 6" section which is the corresponding section on race the categories used are (In order of most to least people): Mulato, White, Black and Yellow. Looking up newer censuses I can't seem to find any sections on race or ethnicity/ethnic group so, wouldn't it make more sense to edit so that it aligns itself with the categories actually set out by the Dominican National Statistics Office on the last census in which this was taken statistics of?, meaning that I personally think it'd be more accurate if the Mestizo category put in this sidebar was edited to Mulato instead? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Patja89 (talkcontribs) 04:43, 26 February 2018 (UTC)


Recently we have had some very minor stats added about slavery to a few main country articles like this one (as seen below). Most have been removed by others on the grounds of WP:UNDUE when the country does not have a rights probelms. I personally agree with this and removed it here and joined the talk on the users page who's adding this all over. But since this is the first place a second editor restored it....I will start a talk. Not sure a Stat of this nature with a margin of error greater then the actual number because it's so small needs to be here. If this was a country with human rights problems I could see why it would be included...but just not sure asking for imput.--Moxy (talk) 01:59, 15 March 2018 (UTC)

According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, an estimated 104,800 people are enslaved in the modern day Dominican Republic, or 1.00% of the population.[121] Some slaves in the Dominican Republic are held on sugar plantations, guarded by men on horseback with rifles, and forced to work

First, you boldly removed sourced content without discussion on this talk page and I reverted your removal. Suggested practice is the boldly edit, revert and discuss cycle, so I would say you started the edit-warring: but two to tango and all that.
I disagree emphatically with removing this well-sourced and important material. The Global Slavery Index page on the Dominican Republic is footnoted with data from the United States Department of State, the World Bank, the Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Council Working Group of the UN General Assembly, and the International Organisation for Migration, among other reliable sources. I don't know where you got the information that there's "a margin of error greater then the actual number", but one per cent of the population is a huge proportion; for comparison, one per cent of the US population would be about 3,260,000 persons, hardly an unsubstantial number.
In an article of this length, I don't think a short paragraph alluding to a real and noteworthy societal problem in the Dominican Republic is undue weight at all. Carlstak (talk) 12:11, 16 March 2018 (UTC)
I don't think that it is well sourced, as is. The current reference is based on the mentioned report, but doesn't actually reference it when using the numbers. The named report has a definition for the term "modern slavery", and hints at the methodology used. The sentence in on this wiki should probably be rewritten. "...modern day Dominican Republic" seems to have an unnecessary modifier, and "enslaved" deserves a definition. Louis Waweru  Talk  05:47, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Agree... one of many reasons the bold additions have been removed on multiple articles. As per WP:advocacy.--Moxy (talk) 22:33, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Your link doesn't work Louis Waweru, it's one character off, which explains why I couldn't access the pdf and got an "access denied" error page; it has an unneeded pipe, and if you don't mind I'm removing it now so the link works. Perhaps I'm missing something, but the full report lists the Dominican Republic as ranking eighth with Haiti in Table 1, with estimated percent of population in modern slavery given as 0.995 and estimated number in modern slavery as 104,800, as well as being listed in tables 2 and 3. The descriptive "modern" is used to clarify that historical numbers from the country's past are not included. The wholesale removal of this content across however many articles has the whiff of censorship of unpleasant facts.Carlstak (talk) 23:42, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
It's about undue weight the same manner we dont list stats for drug addicts or the homeless or how many women get raped in a year.....all of which have much higher numbers then slavery. pls join the main talk at User talk:Ashy Waves#Edit warring at Poland and other articles.USER BANNED no point in the talk--Moxy (talk) 13:59, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I wouldn't have joined in anyway; the goings-on at the recalcitrant editor's talk page with its endless discussion and mind-numbing walls of text is something I avoid like the plague. Carlstak (talk) 15:10, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
We are just lucky we stooped the huge slave edits here as they where just starting on this article when people noticed the problem all over. Not sure how slavery is justified a mention here with so many other social problems and with a source that has a margin of error larger then the number given.....but will let others decide if the Dominican Republic is famous for its slavery in todays modern state.--Moxy (talk) 15:21, 18 March 2018 (UTC)
I get the points you're making; I just feel personally that information about the human trafficking problem is a special case to be distinguished from stats on drug addiction, homelessness, or rape. May I also point out that the problem is considered notable enough that Wikipedia has had an article about this very subject since 2011, see Human trafficking in the Dominican Republic. Carlstak (talk) 16:07, 18 March 2018 (UTC)