Remarks by Ambassador Perry Holloway at Law Books Handing Over Ceremony

Good Morning,

I’m honored to be here on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to conclude a project which was started a year ago.

My government holds dear the right of citizen’s access to justice, and respect for the rule of law.  The INL program is actively working on enhancing the investigatory and prosecutorial procedures of law enforcement officers and officers of the court through the “Strengthening the Criminal Justice System in Guyana” project, launched in September of last year.  This donation of 146 law books to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal allows for those working in the criminal justice system, and ordinary citizens alike, the ability to research and better understand the law.

We hope this donation also provides greater access to information for members of the judiciary, law students, the law enforcement community, and members of the public who seek clarification on legal matters and are unable to afford the services of an attorney-at-law to enlighten them.

I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that the Government of the United States of America will continue to support Guyana, and its judicial entities, to increase their effectiveness and proficiency as they too seek to ensure access to justice for all.

Chancellor Singh, please accept these books and materials, as a gift from the American people.  Thank you.