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Richard Price « Rainforest Warriors : Human Rights on Trial »-Tuesday 9 april 2013 - 9 avril 2013

Program of the book presentation, attended by the author :

Introduction : Myriam Cottias (CNRS, CRPLC-CIRESC, director of collection "Esclavages") & Elisabeth Cunin (IRD, URMIS)

Comments : Irène Bellier (CNRS, IIAC/LAIOS) & Odile Hoffmann (IRD, URMIS)

Tuesday 9 april 2013 at 10am : Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Salle Lombard, 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris.

Rainforest Warriors is a historical, ethnographic, and documentary account of a people, their threatened rainforest, and their successful attempt to harness international human rights law in their fight to protect their way of life—part of a larger story of tribal and indigenous peoples that is unfolding all over the globe.

The Republic of Suriname, in northeastern South America, contains the highest proportion of rainforest within its national territory, and the most forest per person, of any country in the world. During the 1990s, its government began awarding extensive logging and mining concessions to multinational companies from China, Indonesia, Canada, and elsewhere. Saramaka Maroons, the descendants of self-liberated African slaves who had lived in that rainforest for more than 300 years, resisted, bringing their complaints to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

An award winning book :

• 2012 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association in the field of Human Rights

• 2012 Senior Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society

Reference of the French version of the book : Richard Price « peuple saramaka contre Etat du Suriname, combat pour la forêt et les droits de l’homme », Karthala IRD, collection « Esclavages » du CIRESC, 2012.

• Book presentation on CIRESC website

• Interview with Richard Price on E-Karbé website

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