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Ethnic Relations Commission takes trio to court for exciting racial hatred

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has taken three persons to court for allegedly inciting racial hatred or hostility among Guyanese, and one of them has since pleaded guilty, the commission said Thursday. “Based on the specific nature of their conduct and words, the charges against the defendants included causing ethnic/racial violence or hatred and exciting hostility or ill-will on the ...

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Ethnic Commission launches colouring book; hopes to get copies into schools

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) on Wednesday launched a colouring book to help promote racial and ethnic harmony across Guyana, and already that constitutional body intends to get copies into the schools through the Ministry of Education. Titled “Harmony Colouring Book – Colour our History and Heroes” , the  26-page publication, which was authored by Commissioner Barrington Braithwaite , features ...

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President refused to attend National Conversation on Ethnic Relations because ERC failed to consult govt, other concerns

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday  said he boycotted this week’s first-ever National Conversation because the government was not involved in planning the event and selecting the panelists, concerns about decision-making and silence by that constitutional body about the five-month long political crisis over the elections. “Every single stakeholder in Guyana agrees that democracy was under threat but the ERC did ...

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Mixed views about Ethnic Relations Commission in resolving racial, ethnic tensions

Political Scientists Dr. Henry Jeffrey and David Hinds on Tuesday said the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has failed to resolve racial and ethnic problems in Guyana because politicians are pushing race as a means of getting power, but a top official of the International Decade of People of African Descent-Guyana (IDPADA-G) tabled several recommendations for that constitutional body. Speaking on ...

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Research data, govt policy key to resolve race and ethnic problems -Nigel Hughes

Attorney-at-Law, Nigel Hughes on Monday cited the need for scientific evidence about racial discrimination and economic disempowerment, to a meaningful National Conversation on Race and Ethnic Relations. Speaking during day-1 of the  two-day virtual event, Mr. Hughes said was needed to back-up certain statements in areas such as wealth and income distribution based on race. He said such data would ...

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Political, religious, race relations organisations call for unity, peace on Eid-ul-Adha

As Guyana observes Eid-ul-Adha today (Friday) Guyanese leaders, political and religious organizations have all come together to call for greater unity, peace and togetherness among Guyanese, especially in light of the tense political situation. President David Granger has called for greater harmony among all Guyanese. “I pray that the outpouring of charity and concern for others, which is characteristic of Eid-ul-Adha, will ...

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GECOM avoids ERC questions on alleged race-based employment practices

The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) on Monday said the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) did not provide information to prove whether elections commissioner Robeson Benn’s claim that more than 90 percent of the workers there are Afro-Guyanese. The ERC also said Benn, who had first raised the issue and had triggered a complaint by his People’s Progressive Party (PPP) did not ...

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AFC promises to promote racial and ethnic unity in school system

UNICEF Rep; Dr. Suleiman Braimoh and Chairperson of the Rights of the Child Commission, Aleema Nasir witness signing of a Call to Action by representatives of political parties. Alliance For Change (AFC) presidential candidate, Khemraj Ramjattan on Monday promised ethnic diversity education in the school system to help heal historical racial wounds. Addressing a forum organised by the Committee on the Rights of ...

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