Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

Precautionary Measures


PM 395-09 - Maho Indigenous Community, Suriname

On October 27, 2010, the IACHR granted precautionary measures for the inhabitants of the Maho Indigenous Community, in Suriname. The request for precautionary measures alleges that since 1990, the organization Stichtung Mohsiro and other third parties have allegedly been encroaching upon the 65 hectares of land that was reserved for the Maho Community in 1971. It is also alleged that at times, the invaders have destroyed the community's crops and threatened its members' physical integrity. It is alleged that as a result of these actions, the extinction of this community may be imminent. The Inter-American Commission asked the State of Suriname to take the measures necessary to ensure that the Maho Community can survive on the 65 hectares that have been reserved for it free from incursions from persons alien to the community, until the Commission has decided on the merits of the petition.