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The Association of Sarammacas Dignitaries (VSG, Vereniging van Saramaccaanse Gezagsdragers) organized a rally in Laduwani this week against the Suriname government and its delayed implementation of the verdict by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
(Photo left: Daan de Hulster, dWT)
As of December 2007, when the verdict was called, the Surinamese government has done very little to instate the rights of the Saramaccan community as dictated by the court. This week’s rally in Laduwani was directed at Michel Felisi, Secretary of the Department for Regional Development, whom the Saramaccan captains urged to hasten the implementation process, in order to comply with the court’s deadline of December 2010.
The protesters waited for Felisi at the airport of Ludawani, where Felisi was scheduled to arrive and proceed on to the village of Goeyaba to attend the inaugural celebration for a new primary school. Upon his departure from the airplane, the protesters raised banners and shouted.
Military men and other security personnel closely guarded the rally, which remained peaceful; no incidents were reported.
Congressman Felisi has expressed disappointment over the action. He called upon his own Maroon heritage and said he had not expect such protest from ‘his own people’.
Source: de Ware Tijd Online
On the 27th of October 2000 the Association of Saramacca Authorities and the 12 Saramacca Captains of the Upper Suriname River lodged a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The petitioners were of opinion that the State of Suriname is violating the rights of the Saramacca people of the upper Suriname River.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights sentenced the State Suriname for violations of amongst other:
The State Suriname was sentenced amongst other to: