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Monday, April 23, 2012

Against Suriname Amnesty Law repeal

Suriname: The influential Washington-based Human Rights Watch on April 17 urged Suriname to immediately revoke the amnesty law approved on April 5 by the National Assembly and “prosecute people accused of committing grave human rights violations.” Comment

Friday, April 20, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart is expected to discuss the state of the Barbados economy when he meets with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington later this month. Comment

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CARICOM leaders meet with Mexican counterpart

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders held a special meeting on the margins of the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday, with President of Mexico Felipe de Jesus Calderón, in which they discussed a wide range of issues, including mechanisms for further bilateral and hemispheric cooperation, and strategies to prevent further financial fallout from the global economic crisis. Comment

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Suriname immunity disturbs U.N. chief

Suriname: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said on Apr. 13 she was “disturbed” by the recent decision by Suriname to pass an amendment to an existing law that grants immunity for human rights violations committed during the 12-year period in which the country was, for the most part, under military rule. Comment

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Amnesty as means towards healing

Suriname: It’s been barely a week now since Suriname’s opposition-dominated parliament approved a controversial motion to grant amnesty to former soldiers and their civilian counterparts for a series of fatal missteps during military rule in the 1980s that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in the Caribbean trade bloc nation. Comment

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dutch recall Suriname ambassador after amnesty

Suriname: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister denounced Suriname’s decision to grant amnesty to President Desi Bouterse for crimes committed under his earlier military dictatorship as “totally unacceptable” and recalled the country’s ambassador from its former colony in protest. Comment

Friday, March 30, 2012

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has joined other regional leaders in congratulating Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow on his re-election to office following the recent general elections. Comment

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Suriname: 2012_03_26_BW_Suriname Caribbean Life all Cover Story A to page 4 DESI ON THE ROPES -- Surinanese Strongman Faces Justice continuing hed Tense wait for Paramaribo verdict By Bert Wilkinson Comment

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Summit With A Grouse

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders head to Suriname this week for their annual mid-year retreat with what would normally contain a list of mundane agenda items on their plate, but recent grumblings from one of the most influential among the current bunch could generate enough sound bites and quotes to make the two-day summit starting on Thursday a memorable one. Comment

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