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Gov’t submits additional information to UN Rights Committee

Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance Gail Teixeira

The Guyana government has submitted written responses to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), providing updates and additional information in response to questions raised during the review of the country’s Third Periodic Report.

The review, which took place from March 18 to 20, 2024, is part of the ongoing process of the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).


On Friday, 22 March 2024, the Government of Guyana submitted written responses to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as part of the ongoing review of Guyana’s Third Periodic Report by the United Nations Human Rights Committee which took place from 18th to 20th March 2024.


As this periodic process continues, the submission intends to provide updates and additional information in response to the questions raised by the Human Rights Committee in relation to the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).


In this further submission, the Government of Guyana placed on record, the facts surrounding several issues that were raised in an inaccurate and misinformed manner during the review, particularly in relation to the corruption allegations against the Judiciary, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the sitting Vice President of Guyana.


The Government objects to these allegations and has urged the Human Rights Committee to carry out due diligence to verify the information it receives before making unfounded allegations.


The Government of Guyana underscores that by virtue of Article 15 4A of the constitution of Guyana, the ICCPR is afforded constitutional supremacy. To that

end, all the constitutional commissions which also function as safeguards in

Guyana’s human rights architecture are in place, are functional and receive their annual subventions from the Government. Every citizen in Guyana, without discrimination, has access to a fair and independent justice system on all matters.


The Government therefore encourages formal complaints on corruption allegations be made to the relevant domestic commissions and redress mechanisms available for an appropriate investigation to be carried out.


The Government of Guyana places paramount importance to consultation and

inclusivity in decision making at all levels. The constitutional reform expected to commence in 2024 will take a consultative approach, and every Guyanese will determine relevant constitutional amendments.


Contrary to the contentions made by the Committee as it relates to the Gas to

Energy project, members of the public were engaged through notifications,

opportunities to make submissions, opportunities to attend scoping meetings,

consultations, disclosure meetings, and so forth. Furthermore, there is no proof to show any bias in favour of multinational corporations in the environmental decision- making process in Guyana.


The Government of Guyana unequivocally rejects the allegations in relation to media and press freedom.


Contrary to the allegations, the government respects and promotes Freedom of Expression. In this regard, the Committee is reminded to fact check allegations on the ownership of the local media in Guyana, particularly since more than a dozen social commentators and government critics operate daily talk shows across multiple broadcast social media platforms, with no interference from the government. In fact, the relevant authorities take harassment, threats, and attacks seriously and investigate and prosecute any reports received.


The Government of Guyana hopes that the additional information will be considered by the Human Rights Committee in its interpretation of the progress which Guyana continues to make as a State party, towards the full realisation of the fundamental principles of the ICCPR and the rights contained therein.


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