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Dominican-Haitian activist Sonia Pierre dies at 48

December 5, 2011 • World News


FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2006 file photo, Dominican-born human rights activist Sonia Pierre poses for a photo at her parents house at the Batey Lecheria near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Pierre, who bravely fought discrimination against poor Dominicans of Haitian descent since she was a child, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, according to colleagues. She was 48. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Sonia Pierre, a human rights activist who bravely fought discrimination against poor Dominicans of Haitian descent since she was a child, died Sunday, according to colleagues. She was 48.

The renowned activist died outside of the municipality of Villa Altagracia while being rushed to a hospital after suffering a heart attack around noon Sunday, said Genaro Rincon, a lawyer who works with Pierre’s Dominican-Haitian Women’s Movement.

Pierre’s chronic heart troubles were first discovered in 2007 when she was in Washington to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Login to read more

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