SASOD Statement on Bartica Murders

SASOD extends condolences to the relatives and friends of the murdered victims of the attack on Bartica. SASOD also extends condolences to the relatives and friends of University of Guyana student, Dennis Edghill Jr. It is mind-boggling that although there were so many witnesses, the police have made no arrests as yet or requested information on the location of the suspect of this blatant murder.

Statement on Lusignan Atrocities

SASOD extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the six children and five adults killed in Lusignan on Saturday morning. We urge that full support is given to the persons who survived this masacre, especially the children.

Statement by a Group of Concerned Caribbean Citizens Calling for Full and Public Review of the Cariforum-EC Economic Partnership Agreement

We note with interest the recent statement by President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana in which he observed that the Caribbean stands to gain little from the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) recently negotiated with Europe. President Jagdeo stated that the agreement was concluded against the backdrop of a threat that tariffs would be imposed on Caribbean exports of sugar, bananas and manufactured goods to the European community as of January 1st 2008 if the region did not meet the timeline of December 31, 2007 -- the date when the Cotonou Agreement was set to expire.

Strengthening Protection Against Sexual Violence and Reforming the Law on Sexual Offences

The Ministry of Human Services, Labour and Social Security has embarked on a consultation on the reform of the legislation pertaining to sexual offences in Guyana. Proposals for reform are located in a consultation paper called “Stamp It Out: Strengthening Protection against Sexual Violence and Reforming the Law on Sexual Offences.”

News Report: Homophobic Lyrics Infringe on Right to Life

The right to privacy secured under (Article 10) is denied by Section 351 of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act which seeks to criminalise sexual activity between consenting male adults and which is preserved as an offence like rape.