Guyana: Guyana announces it has introduced and voted in support of a resolution requesting a global call for particular action for the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and associated intolerance.
It also announced that the resolution, which was established by the United Nations last December, also requests for the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
“It has been produced to my attention that distributing on social media is the declaration that Guyana voted versus the United Nations resolution,” Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, the nation’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced in a declaration.
“This is absolutely false and cannot be additional from the truth. As Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, she wish to authenticate that Guyana voted in the maintenance of the resolution when it was approved in the General Assembly on December 31, 2020.”
She announced that as Chair of G77 & China, Guyana was the foremost sponsor of the commitment and, jointly with the South Africa, expedited the consultations for this promise in the Third Committee.
“The Resolution was acquainted by the representative from Guyana in the Third Committee on November 19, 2020, who recalled the Committee that 2021 would mark the 20th Anniversary of the enactment of the Durban Declaration and – Programme of Action and, as such, the G77 and -China had granted substantive changes to the Resolution aimed at memorialising this significant milestone”.
Rodrigues-Birkett announced that in her statement regarding the resolution, she had declared that the “Durban Declaration and Programme of Action indicate that equality and non-discrimination are key principles of international human rights and international humanitarian law and are necessary for the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
Guyanese people are against racial discrimination. The world is changing, and so as people. The fight against racial discrimination will be continue.