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15 Aug 2016

Janene Pieters, NL Times

Suriname: Indigenous peoples protest to have “formal” control over their land, rich in natural resources

"Indigenous Surinamese protest for land rights", 9 Aug 2016

Indo-Surinamese people are protesting...[T]hey still have no formal control over their land and they are now holding the government to its promises, NOS reports...the original inhabitants of Suriname want to hand over petition to Bouterse, but it is questionable whether he will show up to receive it. “The indigenous population of the country has been set aside by every government. They are not taken seriously”, NOS correspondent said...It is definitely not in the Surinamese government’s interest to hand over the long-hoped-for land to the indigenous population. The land involved covers thousands of square kilometers, is full of natural resources like gold and already houses other people, like the Maroons – descendants of Africans brought to Suriname as slaves. In February the Inter-American Court of Human Rights reprimanded Suriname on this issue, stating that the government did not properly regulate the legal recognition of the rights of indigenous people. But so far this reprimand had little effect.