The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) is now in receipt of the report of the Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Gay Mc Dougall as well as the response from the Government of Guyana to that report.
The Commission is studying the contents of both documents, according to a statement from the ERC.
The ERC stated that it welcomed Ms. Mc Dougall’s visit to Guyana. However, in the run up to her visit, the Commission was not consulted or programmed to meet with her.
“It was after her arrival, that the Chairman of the Commission submitted to her, 11 reports, among which were five studies conducted by independent consultants in the areas of employment practices, land distribution, tendering and procurement, economic opportunities and academic scholarships.
Hours later, Ms. McDougall’s Special Assistant made contact for a meeting with the Commission which lasted approximately 40 minutes.”
The ERC stated that preliminary reading of the report revealed that Ms. Mc Dougall failed to make use of any of the documents that were provided by the ERC, or any of the issues raised at the meeting between herself and the Commission.
“The ERC will make its pronouncement on the two documents at a later date.”
In keeping with its mandate under Article 212D of the Constitution of Guyana, the ERC will continue to promote and encourage the acceptance and respect by all segments of the society, of the social identity and cultural inheritance of all ethnic groups.
In so doing, the Commission will identify and analyse factors inhibiting the attainment of harmonious relations between ethnic groups, particularly barriers to the participation of any ethnic group in social, economic, commercial, financial, cultural and political endeavours
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