Jennifer van Dijk-Silos

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Jennifer van Dijk-Silos
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Van Dijk-Silos, 2013
Minister of Justice and Police
In office
12 August 2015 – 23 March 2017
PresidentDési Bouterse
Preceded byEdward Belfort
Succeeded byFerdinand Welzijn (interim)
Personal details
Born (1954-12-13) 13 December 1954 (age 64)
Political partyNational Democratic Party

Jennifer Victorine van Dijk-Silos (born 13 December 1954)[1] is a Surinamese politician of the National Democratic Party. She was Minister of Justice and Police between August 2015 and March 2017.


In August 2015 Van Dijk-Silos was appointed as Minister of Justice and Police.[2] She succeeded Edward Belfort.[3]

Van Dijk-Silos was chair of the Independent Electoral Commission (Dutch:Onafhankelijke Kiescommissie) for twelve years before she was appointed as minister. She also had her own law firm, which she transferred to her daughter.[2]

On 7 July 2016 the opposition parties Democratic Alternative '91 and Surinamese Labour Party, demanded the resignation of Van Dijk-Silos due to comments she had made about the trial over the December murders.[4] The next day more parliamentarians joined the call.[5] Van Dijk-Silos reacted by first saying she had no message to the calls for her resignation and subsequently that the opposition parliamentarians had lied in their letter to President Dési Bouterse.[6][7]

On 21 March 2017 Van Dijk-Silos was asked to resign by President Dési Bouterse, he cited her troublesome relations with the judicial power as reason. Judges of the Court of Justice of Suriname [nl] earlier withdrew support for her in a letter, stating that she was "impossible to communicate and cooperate with".[8] Van Dijk-Silos refused to resign and she was subsequently relieved of her position with honor by Bouterse.[9] On 23 March 2017 Van Dijk-Silos was succeeded by Ferdinand Welzijn in an interim capacity.[10]


  1. ^ "Over ons". Advocatenkantoor Van Dijk-Silos. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Van Dijk-Silos nieuwe minister van Justitie en Politie". Starnieuws. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Belfort draagt over aan Van dijk-Silos". LPM News. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Aftreden Suriname's minister van Justitie geëist". Waterkant. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Ook oppositionele fracties eisen ontslag Jennifer Van Dijk- Silos". Dnieuws. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  6. ^ Jerrel Harderwijk (7 July 2016). "Van Dijk-Silos: "Ik heb geen boodschap aan weg met Silos"". Suriname Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Minister Van Dijk-Silos: Gore leugen in brief oppositie". Starnieuws. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Bouterse ontslaat minister van Justitie en Politie" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Laatste officiële publieke handeling Van Dijk – Silos" (in Dutch). Waterkant. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Van Dijk-Silos draagt over aan Welzijn" (in Dutch). GFC Nieuws. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.