Mainly covers the period June 1998 to April 2001 as well as including some earlier information.

  • Population:
    – total: 415,000
    – under-18s: 160,000
  • Government armed forces:
    – active: 2,040
  • Compulsory recruitment age: no conscription
  • Voluntary recruitment age: unknown
  • Child soldiers: unknown
  • Voting age (government elections): 18
  • CRC-OP-CAC: not signed
  • Other treaties ratified: CRC; GC/API+II
  • It is not known if there are any under-18s in government armed forces due to lack of information on minimum voluntary recruitment age.


National Recruitment Legislation and Practice

The armed forces are responsible for national security and border and immigration control. Since 1991 they have been under the control of the civilian government, after over a decade of military rule. Military recruitment in Suriname is on a voluntary basis only.1816 No information is available regarding minimum age of recruitment.



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