Strengthened Ethnic Ties In Guyana

Almost everyone can agree that racial harmony is important and this is especially critical in Guyana. This project aimed to reduce ethnic tensions among the Afro-Guyanese and the Indo-Guyanese rural communities.  Fostered by Guyana national elections in March 2020 and further aggravated by the impact of COVID-19. A two-pronged approach was adopted: a justice-oriented initiative focused on the affected communities was directed at addressing the murders. While a second, humanitarian, initiative focused on racial harmony as means of reducing ethnic tensions.

Within the network of NGOs, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) took the leading role in addressing the murders while PFG itself designed responses to ethnic tensions in the affected communities. During, 12th -16th December 2020, GHRA facilitated arrangements for the visit to Guyana of Dr. Luis Fondebrider, the Director of the Argentine Team of Forensic Anthropology (EAAF). The purpose of the visit was to assess whether the EAAF may be able to support the efforts of the Guyana Police Force in their investigations of the deaths of the three youths in West Coast Berbice.