Surinamese ex dictator and president D Bouterse wins general elections/Slap in the face of democracy and human rights

Surinamese ex dictator and president D Bouterse wins general elections/Slap in the face of democracy and human rights

maandag 1 juni 2015 19:25

ELECTION VICTORY OF SURINAMESE EX DICTATORBOUTERSE IS A SLAP IN THE FACE OF DEMOCRACYAND HUMAN RIGHTS

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http://www.astridessed.nl/bouterse-wins-general-elections-in-surinameslap-in-the-face-of-human-rightsletter-to-the-editor/

[Suriname is a country on the north easterncoast of South America.It is a former colony of the Netherlands and also called”Dutch Guyana”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suriname]

The election victory of the NDP [National Democratic Party]of ex dictator and president D Bouterse shows clearlythe short memory and opportunism of people.Besides intimidation by Bouterse c.s., poverty alsoplays an important role.And poverty is used smartly by Bouterse to realize a socialeconomical program, which probably will not last,because of the diminished gold and oil prices [the mainexport products of Surinam]To refresh the memory:Since the military coup in februari 1980, the military regimehas been guilty of oppression and serious human rightsviolations.Politicians of the former parties were arrested on vague grounds abdoften mistreated and colleague soldiers, with who were conflicts, werearrested and detained in bad detention conditions.In march 1982, sergeant Hawker, who had planned a contra coup,was executed without trial, when wounded on his brancard.And in december 1982 15 opponents of the military regime wereexecuted without trial, after been tortured, the socalled ”Decembermurders”As if this were not worse enough, in 1986 the Surinamese armycaused a massacre in the marroon village Moiwana in theciviil war with Bouterse’s rival, R. Brunswijk.This massacre took place under responsibility of Bouterse, whowas the commander in chief of the army.In 2000 Bouterse was condemned in the Netherlands to 11 yearsprison because of drugsdealing.The trial against the Decembermurders was destroyed by the”amnesty law”, so that Bouterse and the other suspects were offthe hook.The election victory of a party, led by a political gangster asBouterse is a slap in the face of human rights.No impunity for Bouterse and his co suspects of the Decembermurders.

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam

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