Data source
Date of text
28 Nov 2007
Court name
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Sergio García-Ramírez, President
Cecilia Medina-Quiroga, Vice-President
Manuel E. Ventura-Robles, Judge
Diego García-Sayán, Judge
Margarette May Macaulay, Judge
Rhadys Abreu-Blondet, Judge

On June 23, 2006, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 50 and 61 of the American Convention, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights submitted an application to the Court against the State of Suriname. The application submited to the Court's jurisdiction alleged violations committed by the State against the members of the Saramaka people, an allegedly tribal community living in the Upper Suriname River region. The Commission alleged that the State had not adopted effective measures to recognize their right to the use and enjoyment of the territory they have traditionally occupied and used, that the State has allegedly violated the right to judicial protection to the detriment of such people by not providing them effective access to justice for the protection of their fundamental rights, particularly the right to own property in accordance with their communal traditions, and that the State has allegedly failed to adopt domestic legal provisions in order to ensure and guarantee such rights to the Saramakas.