Suriname: 1987 Constitution, with Reforms of 1992 (in Dutch)

Posted on | februari 15, 2012 | No Comments

Suriname: 1987 Constitution, with Reforms of 1992 (in Dutch): “zij, die krachtens onherroepelijke rechterlijke uitspraak het kiesrecht missen.”

This article of the Surinamese Constitution in fact disallows the election of a convicted criminal for office, thus for president. Apart from the president several government officials are convicted by either national or international courts for serious crimes. Mr Paul Somohardjo is convicted for assault of a young woman by the Surinamese court, today he is a Member of Parliament, chosen by the people. Mr Brunswijk is the second official convicted in the Netherlands for drug-smuggling; In Suriname Mr Brunswijk is charged for several misdemeanors, assault and aggravated assault.
The president, is category in and out of itself: Convicted by the Dutch Courts for drug-smuggling, and charged by the Surinamese courts for the murdering of 15 people in 1982, a crime against humanity.

It is puzzling that the Surinamese government, does not maintain its own legal system; Throughout the contemporary, convicted individuals could, without impediment continue their political carreer. Willy Soemita exemplifies such a politician, convicted in the late 1970s for corruption, but still active in political life.
What is the value of a Constitution if being trampled upon by government? What example is set, if the public is consistently confronted with this grotesque display of impunity? What does it teach the children, that society is totally devoid of a moral compass, that the highest law of the land is in fact a mockery, a sham?

AUTHOR: Natascha Adama
URL: http://natascha23.blogspot.com
E-MAIL: nataliapestova23 [@] yahoo.com

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