International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Suriname (CCPR 03-12-2015)

The Committee considered the third periodic report of Suriname (CCPR/C/SUR/3) at its 3208th and 3209th meetings (see CCPR/C/SR.3208 and 3209), held on 21 and 22 October 2015. At its 3226th meeting, held on 3 November 2015, the Committee adopted the following concluding observations.

Concluding observations

C. Principal subjects of concern and recommendations

Arbitrary arrest and ill-treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons

  1. While acknowledging the efforts made by the State party to enhance tolerance towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, the Committee is concerned about reports of arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of such persons, especially transgender women, by members of the security forces. It regrets that the State party has provided no information about the sentences and criminal or disciplinary sanctions imposed on offenders (arts. 7 and 9).
  2. The State party should take effective measures to put an end to the arbitrary arrest of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. All instances of ill-treatment should be investigated and, if substantiated, the perpetrators should be prosecuted and punished with appropriate sanctions.
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