On November 29, 1986, members of the armed forces of Suriname attacked the N’djuka Maroon village of Moiwana. State agents allegedly massacred over 40 men, women and children, and razed the village to the ground. Those who escaped the attack supposedly fled into the surrounding forest, and then into exile or internal displacement. Furthermore, as of the date of the application, there allegedly had not been an adequate investigation of the massacre, no one had been prosecuted or punished and the survivors remained displaced from their lands; in consequence, they have been supposedly unable to return to their traditional way of life. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary: Moiwana Community v. Suriname, Case Summary