On July 20th, 2015 publicist and columnist Sandew of the Surinamese news website Star News, wrote an open letter to the Surinamese President Bouterse who had won the elections on May 25th and had received an absolute majority in parliament. With the title The truth sets us free, he called on Bouterse to testify about the December murders of 1982 and all the events of violence in which the president was involved. On July 25th Bouterse responded positively to this proposal. Since then, a process begun with confrontation, polarization, dialogue and reconciliation. Hira has been involved with this process for over one and a half years. During this lecture Sandew Hira will reflect on his experiences and share his analysis of the process.
In celebration of the 20 Questions & Answers book series we are inviting you to ask 20 questions to the authors of this series! During a 1 hour Facebook live stream our authors will give you 20 answers. Each author will have his/her own live stream session. Our first live stream will take place on October 12th with Sandew Hira, author of 20 Questions and Answers about Reparations.