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9 Guyanese men fishing in Corentyne River arrested by Suriname military

Guyana’s Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs says that it has been able to confirm that some 9 Guyanese men were arrested and later released by Surinamese military on Friday 22nd January.

According to a statement from the Ministry the nine residents of Orealla / Siparuta were arrested and taken into custody by Suriname’s military while they were fishing.

The men have been identified as Armaan Edwards, Genovese Davair, Alistair Peneux, George Edwards, Ackley Felix, Bob Peneux, Rodrick Herman, Edward Herman and Clifton Edwards.

The Ministry said the “men were engaged in subsistence fishing in the Corentyne River at the time. They were using hooks and lines and were in small boats and canoes.  Subsistence fishing is part of our Indigenous Peoples’ culture which has been practiced for centuries.  In the Amerindian Village of Orealla/Siparuta, subsistence fishing forms a part of the Village life and economy.  The Corentyne River is the Village’s sole source of fresh fish.”

It was noted that the men were taken some thirty miles up-river to Apoera in Suriname where that country’s Military processed and later released them.

Some had to paddle for hours to get back home.

The matter was immediately reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is engaging that ministry’s attention.

In the process Vice President Sydney Allicock was properly briefed on the issue and continues to engage the Toshao and remains in close contact with Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carl Greenidge.

  • Stakeholder2

    Guyana is in a two-front war in relation to the integrity of its borders. The country has to be as focussed on the covetousness of the Surinamese as it is on the covetousness of the Venezuelans. Suriane is a member of CARICOM but it is not showing Guyana any love and we need to be very aware of our relations with the country to the east. The are our neighbours but not behaving very neighbourly. I would have liked to read that the GDF is heavily involved in this process. I hope that is happening even though the Force is not mentioned in this news article.