Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at Tradewinds 2023 Closing Ceremony

I would also like to congratulate the Guyana Defence Force on its signing of the U.S. Southern Command Human Rights Initiative earlier today The HRI was established in 1997 to bring together military, public security, government, and civil society representatives from across the hemisphere with the aim of developing comprehensive and effective human rights programs ... Read More»

Guyana joins initiative that supports development of human rights programs in the Caribbean, Latin America

Joint Press Release July 27, 2023 During a bilateral meeting today between Brigadier Omar Khan, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief of Staff, and U.S. Army General Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), the two leaders signed the Human Rights Framework committing their organizations to “human rights engagement, cooperation and integration.” With the signing ... Read More»

SOUTHCOM Commander returning to Guyana as nation hosts Tradewinds Exercise

Gen. Richardson is returning to Guyana nearly a year after her first visit to the country in August 2022, and comes as Guyana hosts Tradewinds, a Caribbean-focused multinational exercise aimed at increasing the region’s security capacity, strengthening partnerships among participating defense and public-security forces, fostering international cooperation, and promoting human rights. Read More»

ABCEU Joint Statement – World Press Freedom Day

The media plays a pivotal role in society by disseminating facts for public consumption and helping citizens in Guyana stay informed, establish opinions, make informed choices, and participate meaningfully in society. The availability of facts and information is fundamental to exercising such rights as access to health, education, justice, and to fighting against gender and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch at Reception in honor of International Day for Persons with Disabilities

I applaud the advocacy and action of those who have worked in the interest of people with disabilities, and I’m hopeful that this advocacy leads to real improvements with respect to access to education, access to employment, access to buildings, access to the electoral system, and generally, more meaningful participation of people with disabilities in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch at Inaugural Youth With Disabilities Conference

When people with disabilities are afforded equal access to exercise their rights and realize their aspirations, ALL of society benefits from their potential, talent, and productivity. Access for people with disabilities improves access for all and most importantly, benefits all. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch at International Youth Day Virtual Webinar

As we work on this transformation, we need to provide the opportunity and space for youth to articulate what challenges they face, then devise and implement solutions to those challenges.  We have to encourage youth, and also provide you a space to lead.   Read More»

Joint Statement: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

We would like to pay our respect to the Indigenous Peoples of Guyana as the first peoples to this beautiful country, and to honor them for the achievements and contributions they have made and continue to make to this land, in particular their commitment, leadership and stewardship demonstrated over decades  for a more sustainable, safer, ... Read More»

Op-Ed: Why the Rainbow Flag?

I oversee U.S. policy toward and partnerships with 34 countries in the region, thirteen of them in the Caribbean.  One thing all thirteen U.S. embassies in the Caribbean have in common this June: They will all demonstrate their support of LGBTQI+ Pride Month. In Guyana, the LGBTQI+ flag is flying proudly for the entire month ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch delivers remarks at Human Rights Training for Police, Prosecutors, and Judges

Guiding our provision of security training and assistance in Guyana and around the world is a commitment to human rights. As we seek to help Guyana and other countries be more secure, we are also committed to ensuring they do so in a way that upholds human life and dignity. Read More»

U.S. Embassy hosts Job Preparation Training for Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Guyana Council of Organizations for Persons with Disabilities (GCOPD) facilitated a job preparation training for Persons with Disabilities.  The virtual nine-week training provided participants with the practical knowledge and resources to be proactive in their job search and be successful in acquiring jobs.  Ambassador Lynch said of the training, “we are committed to promoting the role of persons with disabilities in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Conducts Human Rights Training for Police and Prison Service

The training focused on the Department of State Leahy Law, which prohibits State assistance to foreign security forces if there is credible information that a security force unit has committed a gross violation of human rights (GVHR), to include extrajudicial killings, torture, forced disappearance, or rape under the color of law.  Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch at Orientation and Mobility Program Launch

The U.S. Embassy is committed to empower persons with disabilities, and we are happy to partner with anyone here today in this regard. It’s partners like Ganesh Singh, though, President of the Council, and the members of the Council, who we would advocate should lead these efforts. The Embassy Public Affairs Section has a small ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Lynch in Observance of World Refugee Day 2021

Across the globe millions of people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict, persecution or repression.  Right in our own hemisphere, the Venezuelan exodus is one of the largest mass migrations in the world, as people continue to leave their country in search of life’s most basic needs – food, ... Read More»

ABCEU Joint Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

We encourage Guyana’s civil society and political leaders to embark on a process of engagement and change in 2021 with the aim of decriminalizing intimate same sex relations. We understand and respect that countries are at different stages of acceptance and engagement on this issue. Nevertheless, human rights of all persons are universal and indivisible, ... Read More»

Ambassador Lynch Delivers Remarks at Launch of Voter Education Campaign for Persons with Disabilities

Most of all, I hope the campaign will empower voters to confront and overcome challenges many take for granted on election day: that all voters will be assured physical access to their assigned place of voting, and that they will be able to vote privately and independently. Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Delivers Remarks at New Horizons 2019 Closing Ceremony

This tremendous achievement speaks volumes about the United States’ commitment to build and sustain enduring relationships with our Partner Nations.  It is a commitment that will never – I repeat – never wane, because we know that by sharing our values, challenges and responsibilities we forge partnerships that improve regional stability. Guyana’s success is without ... Read More»

Ambassador Remarks in Commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The U.S. Government is committed to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBT persons. The U.S. Mission in Guyana has proudly supported efforts by the NGO community to promote LGBT rights, and we look forward to continuing to work with you all on this important issue. Read More»

Launch of Consultations to Develop SOPs to Investigate and Prosecute Cases of Human Trafficking

I’m pleased to be here today.  This workshop marks yet another step by the Government of Guyana towards combating human trafficking in Guyana.  The government has had a busy year countering human trafficking, starting with the launch of the TIP Plan of Action for 2017 through 2018.  The development of standard operating procedures to strengthen ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Youth Action Network Joins Ministry of Social Protection to Talk TIP

GEORGETOWN–The U.S Embassy’s Youth Action Network, in collaboration with the Anti –Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the Ministry of Social Protection, sponsored its first public forum on TIP at the Georgetown Club.  This event attracted over forty people and educated participants on the definition of TIP, and how all citizens can actively be involved ... Read More»
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