Lesley Rahman

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Lesley Rahman
BornLesley Paul Rahman
(1954-09-24)September 24, 1954
💀DiedDecember 8, 1982(1982-12-08) (aged 28)
Paramaribo, SurinameDecember 8, 1982(1982-12-08) (aged 28)
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Lesley Paul Rahman (24 September 1954 – 8 December 1982) was a Surinamese journalist. He was one of the victims of the December murders.


Rahman was an employee of the newspaper De Ware Tijd and the press agency CPS. In addition, he was active in the Surinamese trade union conflict. Rahman was an active participant in the Democratic Front and the Federation of Poor Farmers. He was a student of trade union leader Freddy Derby.

Rahman was against the military coup in Suriname in 1980. He wrote critical stories about the reign of military dictator Desi Bouterse. On March 13, 1982, he asked 17 questions to the Military Authority about many promised, but not realized projects. After the arrest of the journalist Bram Behr on April 7, 1982, Rahman published a fierce article in De Ware Tijd under the heading The restoration of the constitutional state: the arrest of Bram Behr as proof to the contrary.[1]

On December 8, 1982, Rahman was arrested in his home and transferred to Fort Zeelandia. There, he was killed the same day, along with 14 other opponents of the military regime. His body showed, next to gunshot wounds, traces of severe torturing.[2] On 13 December 1982, Rahman was buried at Mariusrust cemetery in Paramaribo.


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