PRESS RELEASE People's National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. January 27, 2004




The People's National Congress Reform began the acceleration of its campaign to force the government to mount an investigation into the alleged existence of death squads, under the control of officials of the government, and other allegations brought to the President’s attention in the letter, dated January 15, 2004 by PNCR Leader, Mr. Robert Corbin,. The PNCR had hoped that the President, having seen and read the many statements of social, political and economic organisations, would have (by now) caused the Minister of Home Affairs to demit office to facilitate an independent investigation.

The People's National Congress Reform considers the call by the President and the Commissioner of Police (ag) for information to be forwarded to them as a big hoax. The President must be aware of the many allegations and the acting Commissioner of Police, if indeed he is carrying out his constitutional duties, should have been happy for a breakthrough to undertake an investigation into the 40 odd unsolved murders in the past few weeks.

The PNCR, therefore, views the claim by President Jagdeo that there is not a shred of evidence as an insult to the people of Guyana. We applaud the Canadian government for taking action in this matter and we are sure that many other oganisations feel likewise.

The PNCR will continue its campaign, both locally and internationally, to prevent the development of a more repressive regime in Guyana and we would urge other countries that are concerned about human rights abuses in Guyana, to follow the lead of the Canadian government and ban the Minister of Home Affairs from entering their countries until the government of Guyana mounts an independent investigation into these alleged human rights abuses.


People's National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
January 27, 2004