Report of the Victims' Representatives to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Saramaka People on Monitoring Implementation of the Judgment of 27 Nov 2007
At a ceremony in San Francisco this award was made to the leaders of the Saramaka Maroon community for their work on the 2007 Saramaka People v. Suriname case decided by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. This case ultimately led to a landmark ruling for indigenous and tribal peoples throughout the Americas to control resource exploitation in their territories.
Given that indigenous peoples are the traditional owners of a large percentage of the world's remaining forests, this article raises the issue of the extent to which the various proposals for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) or Avoided Deforestation (AD) must account for and respect indigenous peoples' rights.
This report details systematic and long-standing practices of racial discrimination against indigenous and tribal peoples by Suriname.Submitted by the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders, the Association of Saramaka Authorities, and the Forest Peoples Programme