Maho Indigenous Community v. Suriname

Submitted by John Knox on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
Inter-American Commission

(Admissibility Decision), Report No. 9/13

This petition, which was originally filed on Dec. 16, 2009, alleged that the State has granted concessions and permits to third parties to allow them to exploit the territory and natural resources that the Maho Community has traditionally occupied and used.  On Oct. 27, 2010, the Commission granted a precautionary measure asking the State to ensure that the Maho Community is able to survive on the territory reserved for it by the State and to prevent any intrusion by persons outside the community, until the Commission decides the merits.  In the admissibility decision, the Commission decided that the Community's claims based on articles 3 (right to recognition), 5(1) (right to physical, mental, moral integrity), 13 (freedom of thought and expression), 21 (right to property), and 25 (right to judicial protection) of the American Convention were admissible, and that the claim based on article 4(1) (right to life) was not admissible.