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Case of the Saramaka People v Suriname, Saramaka People v Suriname, Preliminary objections, merits, reparations and costs, IACHR Series C no 172, IHRL 3046 (IACHR 2007), 28th November 2007, Inter-American Court of Human Rights [IACtHR]



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Whether the Saramaka people made up a tribal community subject to special measures that ensured the full exercise of their rights.

Whether Article 21 of the American Convention on Human Rights (‘ACHR’) protected the tribal members’ right to use and enjoy community property.

Whether the state failure to recognize the Saramaka people's right to collective property and the issuance of logging and mining concessions in their territory violated Articles 21, 1(1), and 2 of the ACHR.

Whether the Saramaka people’s lack of legal status in domestic legislation, which prevented this community from acquiring collective title to the land and accessing courts to defend community rights, violated Articles 3 and 25 of the ACHR.

Keywords: Human rights, collective rights; Human rights, right to be recognized as a person before the law; Human rights, right to effective remedy; Human rights, right to property; Indigenous peoples; Natural resources

Legal Material.  42457 words. 

Subjects: International Courts and Tribunals ; Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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