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Suriname is one of the rare countries that have not ratified the Convention against Torture and accordingly faces issues in implementing international human rights standards. There are isolated reports that agents employed by the government committed arbitrary or unlawful killings; some officials face charges related to excessive use of force resulting in death. Although the law prohibits such practices, human rights groups, defense attorneys, and the media report instances of mistreatment by police during arrests and beatings while in detention.