On October 27, I moderated a discussion among six members of Suriname’s parliament and nongovernmental groups including PAREA, an association for gay professionals, and the LGBT Platform Suriname. The debate was among the activities for Pride Month Suriname and was organized by the international group Parliamentarians for Global Action. The representatives of non-governmental groups put forward their requests to members of parliament. The leader of PAREA, Juan Pigot, called for reforms to the pension law, which explicitly excludes same-sex partners from benefits. The chairman of LGBT Platform Suriname, Faisel Tjon-A-Loi, pressed for legal status for same-sex partnerships, pointing out that some same-sex partners have lived together for decades but lack government protections.
November 6 / Human Rights Watch