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Attorney General suggests APNU+AFC Walton-Desir’s comments illegal

Attorney General Anil Nandlall has indicated that utterances by opposition lawmaker, Amanza Walton-Desir violate Guyana’s laws. “Racial discrimination is a wrong. It is an illegal act. It is outlawed by the most Supreme Law of our country,” he said. Mr. Nandlall said Guyana’s Constitution protects citizens against racial discrimination. “Racial discrimination is something that the constitution protects Guyanese from as ...

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APNU+AFC’s Walton-Desir, Roshan Khan quarrel that she must be “marked” for “mentally lazy people” remark

Opposition APNU+AFC parliamentarian Amanza Walton-Desir said she told police that she feared City businessman Roshan Khan’s call for her to be “marked” because she said the support-base of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was “mentally lazy people.” But Mr. Khan later appeared on YouTube, defending his call for her to be “marked”, saying he was merely urging Indo-Guyanese to ignore ...

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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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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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OPINION: Guyana 2020: Can we all get along?

By Paul Sanders Guyana 2020: Can we all get along? Two people. Two narratives. Same agenda. So you’d think they should be okay, right? Wrong. These people are long time adversaries. And, again, as usual, they are at cross purposes. This rendezvous is a festival of Indo and Afro Guyanese refining and mastering the art of bawling in high intensive ...

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OPINION: Return to election of direct representatives

by Surendra Dhanpaul The recently-concluded election in Guyana has drawn attention from almost every corner of the world. However, the fundamental problem of racism does not seem to get the attention it deserves. Racism in Guyana is dormant and resurrects every election cycle. It is a social problem that plagues, not only Guyana, but the world. In this opinion column, ...

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