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Guyana refuses to meet US delegation on 'fact finding mission'

November 15th, 2023 | Tags:
In a statement on Sunday, the government said it would not meet with the US delegation since its members are 'acting in their private capacities' and their trip 'is a clear interference in Guyana’s domestic politics with a bias towards the political Opposition in Guyana.' Photo: Loop News

The Guyanese Government said it will not engage members of a US delegation that will be in the country on a “fact finding mission” into claims that the state is discriminating against citizens of African ancestry.

In a statement on Sunday, the government said it would not meet with the US delegation since its members are “acting in their private capacities” and their trip “is a clear interference in Guyana’s domestic politics with a bias towards the political Opposition in Guyana.”

The delegation, which is led by Georgia Assemblywoman Dee Dawkins-Haigler and South Carolina Representative John King, is due to arrive in Guyana today and will leave on November 19.

In a statement prior to their departure, it was noted that the delegation is “is concerned about allegations of discrimination towards certain ethnic groups in Guyana as well as Guyanese-American citizens currently residing in and out of Guyana.”

Guyana said the delegation is visiting after a “one-sided engagement” called the “Conference on Guyana” in Washington, DC that was organised by Guyanese-American activist Rickford Burke.

“This one-sided engagement presented the platform for Opposition Politicians to spew concocted and fabricated narratives about the Government of Guyana, including their usual diatribe about racial discrimination and extra judicial killings, without any fact-checking mechanism and without the Government being afforded a hearing or the facility of a response. It is obvious that these jaundiced, baseless and unfounded narratives of these Opposition Politicians, unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, have influenced this delegation,” the government said.

“Burke is wanted by law enforcement agencies in Guyana for a number of criminal offences for which he is charged, including, extortion of Guyanese businessmen. These charges are pending before Magistrates’ Courts in Guyana. Burke is publicly known for his daily diet of racist rants on social media with the intent of exciting racial hostilities, strife and ethnic violence among the different ethnic groups of Guyana. His inane rantings are invariably directed at the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Government.”

The government stated that any foreign delegation interested in learning about the problems Guyana has faced historically should look at matters such as the fraudulent elections of 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985; human rights violations that took place from 1968 to 1992 and the abuse, violence and killing of persons opposed to the then Government, which is now the opposition party.

6 Responses to “Guyana refuses to meet US delegation on 'fact finding mission'”

  • Brooke Shields (15/11/2023, 12:55) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    About 39 years ago there was a black Guyanese living and working as a teacher in the Virgin Islands and she told of the history of of the Indo Guyanese"s hatred for the blacks. seems like its still ongoing. There is racism every where.
    • @Brooke Shields (15/11/2023, 17:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Did she lie? I know several Guyanese of both races and my personal observation is that the two don't like each other. So It is true that their is racism everywhere. Guyanese brought theirs with them. Any function you attend for Guyanese, Indians on one side, blacks on the other. Very little mixing going on. so come correct! Don't talk bout a Virgin Islander having an opinion about this lack of brotherly love, we are then the most racist people on the planet.
  • Sad Lee (17/11/2023, 23:29) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    There are vestiges of racism and colorism in full open and openly glory in the upper Caribbean Islands. Guiana, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti...these v from my experience are the worst
    The schmazoo between Venezuela and Guiana for land and oil won't be sweet. Have a feeling Guiana will be crushed. Simply because, a whole "Lotta"deserving negative Karma is in their future.

  • @brook (18/11/2023, 16:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm glad you mentioned the number of years. now compared the number of years you mentioned and those that mentioned in the article and you will get the fact what really went on.
  • question (18/11/2023, 16:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so if burke go to guyana he will be arrested??
  • Truth (21/11/2023, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The same people making these accusations against the Guyana government are the same people who fabricate history in order to further entrench their self imposed position as the victims of history. We all know who, the Francis Welsing types.

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