Cluster Munition Ban Policy
Non-signatory Suriname has expressed interest in the convention, but has not taken any steps to join it. Suriname voted in favor of a key United Nations (UN) resolution promoting the convention in December 2020. It last participated in a meeting of the convention in 2013
Suriname has stated that it has not used, produced, or stockpiled cluster munitions.
The Republic of Suriname has not yet acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Suriname has acknowledged the humanitarian concerns raised by cluster munitions and expressed interest in the convention, but it has not taken any steps to join it. Previously, in 2013, the governing executive body considered a report recommending Suriname join the convention.
Suriname attended one meeting of the Oslo Process that created the convention, in Vienna, Austria in December 2007. It did not participate in the Dublin negotiations or the Oslo Signing Conference in December 2008. Suriname attended a regional conference on cluster munitions in Santiago, Chile in September 2009.
Suriname last participated as an observer in meetings of the convention in 2013. It was invited, but did not attend, the first part of the convention’s Second Review Conference held virtually in November 2020.
In December 2020, Suriname voted in favor of a key UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution urging states outside the Convention on Cluster Munitions to “join as soon as possible.” It has voted in favor of the annual UNGA resolution promoting the convention since it was first introduced in 2015.
Suriname has voted for UNGA resolutions expressing outrage at the use of cluster munitions in Syria, most recently in December 2020.
Suriname is party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW).
Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling
Suriname stated in 2013 that it has not produced, used, or stockpiled cluster munitions.
 In 2012, Suriname stated that officials from the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs often meet to discuss the matter of joining the convention. Statement of Suriname, Convention on Cluster Munitions Third Meeting of States Parties, Oslo, 12 September 2012.
 In 2013, Suriname said its executive board of ministers was reviewing a package on the convention with an explanatory memorandum recommending approval. Statement of Suriname, Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessional Meetings, Geneva, 16 April 2013.
 Suriname participated as an observer in the convention’s Meetings of States Parties in 2011 and 2012, as well as intersessional meetings in 2013.
 “Implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 75/62, 7 December 2020.
 “Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 75/193, 16 December 2020.
Mine Ban Policy
The Republic of Suriname signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 4 December 1997 and ratified it on 23 May 2002, becoming a State Party on 1 November 2002. It has not enacted new legislation specifically to implement the Mine Ban Treaty.
Suriname has not attended any recent meetings of the treaty. It did not attend the Third Review Conference in Maputo in June 2014. Suriname submitted its sixth Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 report on 30 April 2008 but has not submitted subsequent annual reports.
Suriname is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons, nor is it party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Production, use, import, and stockpiling
Suriname imported antipersonnel mines from Libya (Portuguese-manufactured M-969 and Yugoslav-manufactured PMA mines). Suriname never produced or exported antipersonnel mines. An estimated 1,000 mines were planted during a 1986–1992 internal conflict.
Suriname destroyed its stockpile of 146 antipersonnel mines on 25 February 2004, and retained 150 antipersonnel mines for training purposes. Suriname noted in its Article 7 report for 2007 that it did not have any antipersonnel mines retained.
Mine clearance was completed on 4 April 2005, well in advance of Suriname’s 1 November 2012 mine clearance deadline. Suriname is affected by explosive remnants of war, primarily abandoned explosive ordnance.
 Mine Ban Treaty Article 7 Report, Form E and H, 1 September 2003.