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ISS – The long road to justice: Reflecting on Suriname’s December Murders trial

11 April @ 12:00 pm 6:00 pm


Jointly organized by the Legal Mobilization Platform, the Dutch foundation Judges for Judges and the International Commission of Jurists, the focus of the conference will be on the Suriname Atrocity Crimes trial that, after a final appeal in the Hof van Justitie in Paramaribo, led to a confirmation of conviction and sentence against former President Desi Bouterse and others on 20 December 2023. 

The objective of this event is to critically analyze and increase awareness of the case and its longer-term implications, not only for Suriname, but for international criminal justice generally.


  • Lilian Goncalves, human rights activist from Suriname
  • Jeff Handmaker, Associate Professor at ISS
  • Reed Brody, Counsel and spokesperson for Human Rights Watch
  • Godfrey Smith, lawyer
  • Kate Vigneswaran, lawyer and international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law expert

International Institute of Social Studies

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International Institute of Social Studies

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Den Haag, 2518 AX Netherlands
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