Over the past two years, I have had cause to lament, incessantly, about the comatose state in which the Guyana Bar Association and the Guyana Association of women Lawyers, in particular, and to a lesser extent, organizations such as the Red Thread and the Guyana Human Rights Association seemed to have plummeted. On occasions, I may have been overly cynical, if not disrespectful. I am not sure that I have any regrets. Maybe that is the medication needed to remedy the situation and revive consciousness.
As a consequence, a gaping void has been left in the fabric of the Guyanese civil society which has crippled its capacity to express that crucial voice of criticism and condemnation against an avalanche of abuse of power, unconstitutionalities, attacks upon individual judges and the independence of the judiciary, violations of human rights of the citizenry, undermining of democratic institutions of the State, abrogation the doctrine of separation of powers, emasculation of independent watchdog institutions and rampant trampling upon the Rule of Law, which have enveloped this society. Some may argue that the matters to which I have alluded may have been occurring for far in excess of two years. That maybe so, but that is no basis for them to continue. Moreover, I doubt that anyone can credibly traversed the assertion that the organizations to which I have referred have never been as dormant as they have become over the past two years. Continue reading OP ED: A Bar Association; its role and responsibilities
The Bank of Guyana Annual Report 2016 has confirmed the pervasive sense that the economy is not working. As key traditional sectors continue to wilt, with the exception of gold, the lackluster year of 2016 from all indication points to the commencement of a meltdown of our economy. The highly serendipity 3.6% growth rate in our GDP was attributed mainly to the windfall gain in gold through higher price. However as most contemporary macroeconomist would concur, a growth in GDP merely reflects economic growth but not economic development. The latter is the ultimate achievement and would determine if we would benefit from improved access to health care, education, housing etc. Given the starry-eyed feature of this administration, economic development will be more of a longing desire than an imminent achievement.Continue reading OP ED: THE END OF THE GOLDILOCKS ECONOMY
The news that 200 persons are ‘blacklisted’, that is, prevented from leaving the country by the Guyana Police Force, more particularly, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), must have sent shivers down the spine of law-abiding and freedom loving Guyanese. Were Guyana of greater global significance, this would have made the headlines at both CNN and BBC.Continue reading OP ED: The Blacklist…
Mr. Fredrick Kissoon has used his platform at Kaieteur News to demonize the character, reputation and accomplishments of Guyana’s former President, Mr. Bharat Jagdeo by constantly, relentlessly and irrationally speaking ill of Jagdeo. What purpose does this serve? How does such asinine commentary pass the print test at Kaieteur News? It is beyond comprehension to see what utility the hateful pronouncements made by Kissoon on the former President of Guyana advances our public discourse. Continue reading What purpose does Kissoon’s hateful pronouncements against former President Jagdeo serve?
No one can sensibly dispute that an independent and effective judiciary is not only the sine qua non of any democracy, but it is the very foundation upon which the edifice of civil society rests. “If the judiciary is to perform its functions and duties effectively and remain true to the spirit with which they are sacredly entrusted to it, the dignity and the authority of the courts have to be respected and protected at all costs otherwise, the very cornerstone of our Constitutional scheme will give way, and with it will disappear the rule of law and the civilized life in the society.” (Justice Sawant: Re Vinay Chandra Mishra (1995) 2 SCC page 584). Although the above statement was uttered by a judge of the Indian Supreme Court, that it rings true of the Guyanese judiciary and indeed judicial systems everywhere, there can be no doubt. Continue reading LETTER: Granger’s statements undermine separation of powers principle