Suriname

Grondwet van de Republiek Suriname [Constitution of the Republic of Suriname], adopted and enacted 1987.
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Article 8

1. All who are within the territory of Suriname shall have an equal claim to protection of person and property.

2. No one shall be discriminated against on the grounds of birth, sex, race, language, religious origin, education, political beliefs, economic position or any other status.

Article 9

1. Everyone has a right to physical, mental and moral integrity.

2. No one may be submitted to torture, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment.

Article 14

Everyone has a right to life. This right shall be protected by the law.

Article 16

1. Everyone has the right to personal liberty and safety.

Article 17

1. Everyone has a right to respect of his privacy, his family life, his home and his honor and good name.

Article 24

The state shall take care of the creation of conditions in which an optimal satisfaction of the basic needs for work, food, health care, education, energy, clothing and communication is obtained.

Article 26

1. Everyone has the right to work, in accordance with his capacities.

Article 29

It is the duty of the State to indicate the conditions for work, remuneration and rest to which employees are entitled, especially by:

a. Making regulations with regard to wages, time of work, about conditions and special categories of workers;

b. Supplying special protection on the job for women before and after pregnancy, for minors, disabled persons and for those who are engaged in work which demands special efforts or who work in unhealthy or dangerous conditions.

Article 35

1. The family is recognized and protected.

2. Husband and wife are equal before the law.

3. Every child shall have the right to protection without any form of discrimination.

4. Parents shall have the same responsibilities towards legal or natural children.

5. The State recognizes the extraordinary value of motherhood.

6. Working women shall be entitled to paid maternity leave.

Article 36

1. Everyone shall have a right to health.

2. The State shall promote the general health care by systematic improvement of living and working conditions and shall give information on the protection of health.

Article 38

1. Everyone shall have a right to education and cultural expression.

Article 49

A housing plan shall be determined by law, aimed at the procurement of a sufficient number of affordable houses and State control of the use of real estate for public housing.

Article 50

The policy in relation to social security for widows, orphans, the aged, invalids and incapacitated workers shall be indicated by law.

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