Capital punishment in Suriname

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Death penalty was last used on 8th of December 1982.


Since Suriname was a Dutch colony until 1975, it followed Dutch law which abolished the death penalty in 1870.[citation needed] From 1975 to 1980, capital punishment was still on the books, but no crimes were committed heavy enough to warrant prosecution for it. From 1980 to 1987, during the military dictatorship, execution was used to get rid of political opponents, most infamously on the 8th of December 1982, when 15 opponents of the military regime were executed, without trial. Wilfred Hawker was executed by firing squad on 13 March 1982 for staging two coup d'etats.


The death penalty is de facto abolished by signing the Treaty of San José in 1987, and Suriname is moving to abolish the death penalty also de jure. To do so, it has introduced legislation it hopes would be approved in October 2014 to coincide with World Day Against the Death Penalty.


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