Wednesday 17.8.2016 in Latest Developments in Suriname Country Page
As economic conditions in Suriname worsen, people have held regular peaceful demonstrations calling on the government to address the problems faced by the country. The protests began with a lone demonstrator in front of the National Assembly and then grew to include thousands of people and civil society organisations. Protests, which were largely focused on Suriname's economic decline, further intensified in early June after the signing of a structural adjustment agreement with the International Monetary Fund and the President's interference in judicial procedures. Other economic factors, such as the high cost of living and the rising cost of electricity, have also contributed to these protests. In a separate development, indigenous groups in Suriname have protested over what they claim to be government’s failure to act on promises made to their community regarding land rights.