While Dutch is still the official language you also hear Hindi, Chinese, Javanese, Portuguese, English and many Creole languages.The lingua franca is Sranan Tongo derived from African slaves in the 17When slavery was abolished in 1863, indentured workers from India, China and Indonesia were brought in to replace the newly freed African slaves.That's how it works in a democracy," said SVJ chairman, Wilfred Leeuwin.He further argued that the right to free speech is anchored in the Surinamese constitution.PARAMARIBO, Aug 7 (BERNAMA-NNN-CARIBBEANNEWS) -- In an effort to curb criticism on the government, and especially the president, the Suriname government has submitted a draft bill to parliament in which insulting the president on social media is punishable by either imprisonment or fines.During the debate on the draft bill 'Electronic Legal Transactions', member of parliament Stephen Tsang argued that 'we will have to be more careful and be more polite against each other online'.based upon shared common history as former colonies of the Dutch Empire.Large numbers of Javanese migrated to Suriname to work on plantations during the late 19th and early 20th-centuries.
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Dino Bouterse, director of Suriname's anti-terrorism unit, was arrested on Thursday in Panama by local authorities and turned over to US agents, said Preet Bharara, US attorney for the Southern District of New York.
His arrest comes as his father, Desi Bouterse, himself convicted of drug offenses, hosts the annual UNASUR summit for leaders of South American countries.
The tiny country of Suriname, which gained its independence from the Netherlands in the 1970’s is the least populous yet one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South America.
Amerindians, Creoles, Maroons (descendants of African slaves who escaped), Hindus, Javanese, Chinese, Dutch and other Europeans are part of the mix.