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Judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Case of Moiwana Village, Suriname Summary of the Operative Points

I.   Background

On 29 November 1986, a unit of the National Army of Suriname surrounded the N’djuka maroon village of Moiwana and then proceeded to kill at least 39 members of the community. Many others were wounded and they, together with the other survivors, were forced to flee through the forest until they reached safety in French Guiana. For some this was a three to four day walk carrying wounded family members.