Press Release – Calls for Preservation of Civic Space in Guyana

Release Date: March 19, 2022

This press release calls for the preservation of civic space in Guyana. It criticizes the Government for focusing on the past rather than the present, despite favorable political and economic circumstances, including the discovery of petroleum reserves and benefits from the war against Ukraine. The release highlights evidence of shrinking civic space, such as attacks on civil society organizations, exclusion from policy-making bodies, state media bias, and intimidation tactics. It argues that this intolerance for criticism is undemocratic and urges the Government to adopt a more gracious approach to governance, emphasizing the importance of an active civil society for a healthy democracy.
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