Guyana to Update its Human Rights Report

Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS) Dr Roger Luncheon has announced that Guyana will submit an updated periodic review at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, in September.

The Universal Periodic Report (UPR) created through the United Nations General Assembly on March 15, 2006, is a State-driven process that involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. It operates under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions it has taken to improve and defend human rights in their countries.

Guyana has been recognized as having a good human rights record. Baiganchoka reports, “At the first session, Guyana was the only country where a female was the head of the delegation [. . .]. It was also the only delegation [. . .] headed by an indigenous person, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett.”

The list of countries that commended Guyana’s development performance included many respected world leaders and emerging market powers in economics, telecommunications, and clean air technologies, including Algeria, India, Brazil, Cuba, China, Chile, Nicaragua, Spain, France, Mexico, Germany, Argentina , Uruguay, Australia, Italy, the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti.

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