Bad move: Amnesty vote imperils $26M aid to Suriname

    The Netherlands will make a final decision Friday (April 13) on whether to suspend aid to its former colony.

    The Dutch are protesting the move of Surinamese lawmakers to grant amnesty to the suspected killers of President Desi Bouterse’s political opponents. Fifteen people, including journalists, lawyers and university professors, were murdered in December 1982.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the move was “totally unacceptable.” He warned that the lawmakers’ decision would have serious consequences, Reuters reports.

    The Netherlands is set to provide €20 million ($26 million) to Suriname for 2012 and 2013. The money is the final tranche of the €1.6 billion the country has agreed to provide the small island nation.

    Dutch aid to nongovernmental organizations will not be affected by the decision, Reuters reports.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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