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Land, Development, and Indigenous Rights in Suriname: The Role of International Human Rights Law

  • Ellen-Rose Kambel
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Abstract

Suriname is the only country in the Americas that has not legally recognized the collective rights of indigenous and tribal peoples to the lands and resources they have occupied and used for centuries. According to Surinamese legislation, the state owns all land and natural resources and only those who can show titles that derive from the state, may claim ownership rights. Since indigenous peoples and maroons1 do not possess such titles, they may only claim certain “entitlements” that are subject to the general interest.

Keywords

Indigenous People Natural Rubber United Nations Racial Discrimination Tribal People 
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