Suriname

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    ‘Development’ versus human rights: the Saamaka Maroons’ fight for the rainforests of Suriname

‘Development’ versus human rights: the Saamaka Maroons’ fight for the rainforests of Suriname

Though Suriname’s Saamaka people have already achieved a remarkable victory at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that guarantees their right to their territory and the rainforests within it, the state’s continued push towards extractive development means their fight is far from over, writes Richard Price.

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    The silent suicide epidemic in Suriname’s Indian community can only be overcome through cultural change

The silent suicide epidemic in Suriname’s Indian community can only be overcome through cultural change

Suriname’s government and civil society are beginning to tackle the longstanding but newly acknowledged issue of suicide. But social stigma remains strong within the Indian community, and facing up to cultural barriers will be key to the success of suicide-prevention programmes, writes Bhavik Doshi.