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Suriname: Information on the treatment of Suriname citizens of Guyanese birth living in Suriname; any evidence of targeting

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 9 December 2002
Citation / Document Symbol SUR40743.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Suriname: Information on the treatment of Suriname citizens of Guyanese birth living in Suriname; any evidence of targeting, 9 December 2002, SUR40743.E, available at: [accessed 26 May 2016]
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No information on the treatment of Suriname citizens of Guyanese birth living in Suriname could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

Country Reports 2001 states that "societal discrimination against women, minorities, and tribal peoples persists" in Suriname; however, there is no mention in the report of people of Guyanese birth being targeted (4 Mar. 2002). The following information may also be of interest.

Relations between Suriname and Guyana have been strained for many years due to a territorial and border dispute (AFP 28 Jan. 2002; Latin America Weekly Report 9 Apr. 2002; United States Jan. 1992). According to an Agence France Presse article, "in June 2000, [Suriname and Guyana] came close to war when Suriname enforced its line with two gunboats, forcing a Canadian company's oil rig to withdraw from the disputed area before it could drill under a license granted by Guyana" (28 Jan. 2002). Official negotiations over the disputed territory are reportedly in progress (Latin America Weekly Report 9 Apr. 2002).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Agence France Presse (AFP). 28 January 2002. "Protests Expected Against Visit to Suriname by Guyana's Jagdeo." (NEXIS)

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2001. 4 March 2002. United States Department of State. Washington, D.C. [Accessed 6 Dec. 2002]

Latin America Weekly Report. 9 April 2002. "Suriname Seeks Backing in Dutch Archives." (NEXIS)

United States. Library of Congress. January 1992. Edited by Tim Merrill. "Guyana: A Country Study." [Accessed 6 Dec. 2002]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases


Internet sites, including:

Amnesty International

Business and Human Rights: A Resource Website

Country Reports

Human Rights Watch


Lonely Planet

Moiwana '86 (Suriname human rights organization)

De Ware Tijd (unable to access English news)

The Washington Post - Suriname



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