Henk Chin A Sen

Henk Chin A Sen
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2nd[1] President of Suriname
In office
15 August 1980 – 4 February 1982
Prime Minister Himself
Preceded by Johan Ferrier
Succeeded by Fred Ramdat Misier
2nd Prime Minister of Suriname
In office
15 March 1980 – 4 February 1982
President Johan Ferrier
Preceded by Henck Arron
Succeeded by Henry Neijhorst
Personal details
Hendrick Rudolf Chin A Sen

(1934-01-18)18 January 1934
Albina, Surinam
Died 11 August 1999(1999-08-11) (aged 65)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Nationality Surinamese
Political party Nationalist Republican Party
Spouse(s) Sherlyne Chin A Sen
Occupation Politician, physician

Hendrick Rudolf "Henk" Chin A Sen (simplified Chinese: 陈亚先; traditional Chinese: 陳亞先; pinyin: Chén Yàxiān; 18 January 1934 – 11 August 1999) was a Surinamese politician who served as the President of Suriname from 15 August 1980 until 4 February 1982.[2]


Hendrick Rudolf Chin A Sen was born in the town of Albina, on 18 January 1934. He studied medicine at the medical school of Paramaribo and graduated in 1959. From 1959-1961, he began a general practice, then went to the Netherlands to specialize as an internist. When he returned to Suriname, he worked in the Sint Vincentius hospital in Paramaribo. Then he joined the Nationalist Republican Party (PNR), a party which pursued the independence of Suriname, although he was not very active.

On 15 March 1980, after the Sergeants Coup, which brought Dési Bouterse and his military council to power, Chin A Sen was installed as Prime Minister of Suriname.[3] The appointment of the non-politically active Chin A Sen came as a surprise. Chin A Sen formed a leftist cabinet which also included two members of the National Military Council (NMR). On 15 August 1980, after President Johan Ferrier resigned, Chin A Sen assumed the post of President as well.

On 4 February 1982, Chin A Sen was fired by Bouterse after a disagreement.[3] He exiled himself first to Pittsburgh in the United States,[4] and then to the Netherlands where he arrived on 27 December 1982.[5] In the Netherlands, after the December murders of 1982, Chin A Sen was chosen as Chairman of the Council for the Liberation of Suriname. The Council opposed the reign of Bouterse and his supporters, but it was not very successful. Chin A Sen was later in connection with Ronnie Brunswijk and his Jungle Commando, who waged an armed struggle against Bouterse.[6]

On 7 March 1985, five of musicians practising in an office building in Rijswijk were attacked by armed men. Three musicians were killed. The offices of Chin A Sen and the Council for the Liberation were located on the same floor.[7] The hit was probably directed against Chin A Sen.[8] He was, however, not present at that moment. The investigation had been reopened in 1997, but no prosecution had been made.[9]

In 1995, Chin A Sen returned to Paramaribo, where he resumed his work as an internist. He died at the age of 65 in Paramaribo.[10]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2018-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Timeline: Suriname". BBC News. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Chin A Sen onder druk afgetreden". Reformatorisch Dagblad via Digibron (in Dutch). 5 February 1982. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ Willem Oltmans (1984). "Willem Oltmans in gesprek met Desi Bouterse". Digital Library for Dutch Literature (in Dutch). Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Mogelijk regering in ballingschap". Reformatorisch Dagblad via Digibron (in Dutch). 28 December 1982. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  6. ^ "De geschiedvervalsing over de PL…. en nu de waarheid". GFC Nieuws via Nickerie.net. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Reeks aanslagen bleef onopgehelderd". Reformatorisch Dagblad via Digibron (in Dutch). 13 July 1985. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  8. ^ Agencias (1985-08-13). "Intento de atentado". Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Ex-legerleider zou ook betrokken zijn bij drievoudige executie in Rijswijk". Trouw (in Dutch). 11 October 1997. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Arts Premier kon Bouterse niet aan". Trouw.

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Suriname
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of Suriname
Succeeded by