Suriname: Anticipate Protests After President Bouterse Convicted of Murdering Political Opponents

A Suriname court on 29 November sentenced President Desiré Delano Bouterse to 20 years imprisonment over the killing of 15 political opponents in 1982 during a period of military rule. The President is currently in China on an official visit and he has two weeks to appeal the decision.

Advice For Travellers

Associated protests are likely over the coming days, particularly in the capital Paramaribo and other major urban centres. Travellers should be cautious and also avoid any protests sites to minimize inconvenience and safety risks. Even events intended to be peaceful can escalate unexpectedly and quickly become violent.