The aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of the informal dispute resolution existing in Suriname among Indigenous Peoples and African Diaspora Communities. The project also aims for targeted recommendations based on the results of this study that can have positive effects for societies in Suriname and the Netherlands aimed at sustainable provisions for restorative justice.

The assumption is that the traditional and central authority of Suriname and the Netherlands can, in a broad sense, learn lessons from comparative research into regular criminal law and already existing informal dispute resolution (such as the krutu in Suriname and restorative justice such as that has developed in the Netherlands).

This will enable a more effective bottom-up resolution to conflicts arising from criminal offenses. This will contribute to the legitimacy of the criminal justice system and to the security and social cohesion in the various societies.

Countries: the Netherlands | Suriname