first_img Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked to learn that the Surinamese parliament yesterday approved an amnesty law for crimes against humanity under the past military dictatorship. SurinameAmericas SurinameAmericas August 12, 2010 Find out more RSF_en to go further October 3, 2013 Find out more Organisation Former minister seeks €230,000 in damages from magazine News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img Proposed by six members of the ruling coalition and passed by 28 votes to 12, the law amends a 1989 amnesty law – which applied only to the civil war period from 1987 to 1992 – and grants immunity from prosecution for all such crimes from the time of Col. Desi Bouterse’s military coup on 25 February 1980. The murders of five journalists in the Fort Zeelandia military barracks on 8 December 1982 would probably remain unpunished for ever.“This bill is an insult to the memory of the victims who paid with their lives for their commitment to human rights and freedom of information in the face of a regime of terror,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Daring to use ‘reconciliation’ and national ‘stability’ as arguments for imposing impunity is the height of cynicism.“The amnesty comes at a time when the Fort Zeelandia murder trial that began in 2007 is drawing to a close and evidence is accumulating against the main suspect, Desi Bouterse, who returned to power through the polls in July 2010 and continues to be president. Bouterse must be held accountable before the courts, even if this must wait until the end of his current presidential term.”Suspected of “conspiracy,” 15 opponents of Bouterse’s military regime were arrested, tortured and executed in the Fort Zeelandia barracks on the night of 8 December 1982. They included five journalists: Andre Kamperveen, the owner and manager of Radio ABC, Frank Wijngaarde, a Radio ABC reporter, and three print media journalists, Leslie Rahman, Bram Behr and Jozef Slagveer. After the massacre, soldiers torched the premises of Radio ABC, Radio Radika and the daily newspaper De Vrije Stem. No media was allowed to operate during this period aside from the state radio SRS and the daily De Ware Tijd.Bouterse has recognised his “political responsibility” for the massacre but insists he was not present when it took place. This defence has been challenged in the course of the trial that began before a military court in 2007. An army officer who participated in the coup, Ruben Rozendaal, has testified against President Bouterse, prompting Bouterse to call him “Judas.” The prosecutor is due to present his final arguments on 13 April and a verdict is expected in May.“The traumas of the past are perpetuated by impunity, which by definition runs counter to the rule of law and the expression of fundamental human rights,” Reporters Without Borders added. “In this respect, the courage shown by civil society, judges and journalists in other South American countries – especial former Operation Condor countries – has set an invaluable example.”On the picture, from left to right, middle rank : Leslie Rahman, Frank Wijngaarde, Bram Behr, Jozef Slagveer and Andre Kamperveen. Bouterse’s installation as president must not mean impunity for past murders of journalists April 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Amnesty insult to memory of dictatorship’s victims, including five journalists News News Related documents Dutch versionPDF – 69.33 KB November 16, 2009 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Suriname Newspaper reporter threatened after writing about drug traffickinglast_img read more

first_img The Foxes pulled off a surprise transfer coup this week in attracting former Argentina international Cambiasso to the King Power Stadium. Manager Nigel Pearson is confident the big-name signing will not upset the team harmony he has worked hard to nurture during his time at the club. “Certainly if somebody comes with the wealth of experience he has, I will probably – if I’ve an open enough mind – continue to learn from people like him. “I don’t see that as being anything other than positive. Managers learn as much from players, as players do from managers and coaches. “I’ve always had that sort of view, and hopefully I’ll continue to learn from my players as well.” Aside from the prospect of Cambiasso making his debut, Pearson has midfielders Marc Albrighton and Danny Drinkwater and striker Jamie Vardy available again following injuries, but midfielder Matty James (shin) and defender Matthew Upson (foot) are definitely out. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns from suspension. Midfielder Mikel Arteta continues to be sidelined with an ankle problem and s triker Olivier Giroud (tibia), full-back Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) and winger Theo Walcott (knee) are also in the treatment room. Boss Arsene Wenger recalls his visit to the Foxes in 1997 early in his Gunners reign when Dennis Bergkamp scored a hat-trick in a remarkable 3-3 draw. “I remember the first sensational goal with Dennis Bergkamp. Many times I have said that that goal is one of the greatest goals I’ve seen in my career,” Wenger said. “It was also my first experience with Ian Wright – he didn’t understand why I took him off. “I wanted to spare him some minutes at the end of the game, but Wright was always keen to play.” Cambiasso has made clear, even at the age of 34 and after winning numerous trophies during his previous 10 years with Inter Milan prior to his release this summer, he is eager to make history with City. But, as has been witnessed at numerous clubs in the past, such a stellar acquisition can often have an unsettling effect on those around them. Pearson, however, has no doubt about the type of player and character Cambiasso is, especially after seeing how well he was received by his new team-mates on Friday. “He’s been welcomed into the group, as you would expect him to be,” Pearson said of the 52-times capped international. “The players have been quite excited about the prospect of having somebody of that stature in the game being alongside them. “But Esteban will view himself as one of the players, one of the squad, which is a very positive thing.” Pearson also believes Cambiasso will be able to teach him a trick or two given the player’s “world-wide experience”. “I, like anybody, have a capacity to keep learning,” Pearson added. Esteban Cambiasso could make his Leicester debut against Arsenal if he receives international clearance in time. Press Associationlast_img read more