While agreeing with those parts of the recently released US State Department’s report on human rights in Guyana that speaks to progress in several areas, the government intends to raise its concerns about other parts of the report with the US Government, according to Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo.
“So there are many factual errors in the report and we intend to correct those and there are a number of definitive statements made by the State Department’s report that when taken as a whole you will see the characterization of this government,” Mr. Jagdeo said.
The report stated that the Government had a good year last year in relation to allowing the independent media to operate without restrictions, investigating human rights violations and addressing some race issues.
According to Mr. Jagdeo, those are the key points of the report that must be celebrated.
“Those are key issues, press freedom, no political prisoners, you have people of every race in the government, the government investigate and punishes people for human rights abuse and corruption, and these are strong, definitive statements made in that report,” Mr. Jagdeo explained.
And while several organizations including the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), complained to the US State Department about not being engaged by the Guyana government on critical issues on Amerindian rights, Mr. Jagdeo said the government has no concern with those complaints since it believes that it does not have to consult with those bodies on some issues.