Public forum on forms of inclusive govt for Wednesday
Stabroek News
August 11, 2002

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The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and the Guyanese Citizens' Initiative (GCI) are jointly sponsoring a public forum on forms of inclusive governance at the Hotel Tower on Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.

The theme of the forum is: 'Forms of Inclusive Governance: The Possibilities of Article 13.'

A release from the GHRA said that speakers at the forum would be three former commissioners from the constitutional reform process -Ralph Ramkarran, Chair of the Constitution Reform Commission; Haslyn Parris, Secretary of the Commission; and Rupert Roopnaraine, representative of the Working People's Alliance on the Commission. Following this public forum, the GHRA will sponsor a series of discussions under the general theme: 'Building an Inclusive Future.'

The intention of the series, the release said, is to explore the extent to which areas of constitutional reforms already approved, but as yet unimplemented, meet the demands for inclusive governance, thereby ensuring a more peaceful, inclusive and diverse society in Guyana.

The rest of the discussion series will take place in the auditorium of the National Library on a weekly basis on Thursdays at 5:00 pm, commencing from Thursday, August 23.

According to the release, subsequent topics for discussion include:

* Mechanisms for Ethnic Inclusion: Adequacy of the Ethnic Relations Commission

* Role of the Disciplined Services in Public Safety

* Ethnic Imbalance in the Public and Disciplined Services: Can Proportionality Work?

* Land Ownership and Distribution

* A Justice System Responsive to Victims * Inter-Generational Justice: Unresolved Issues of Slavery & Indentureship Suggestions for persons suited by experience, exposure or expertise to introduce the above topics are welcome, the release stated. And anyone aware of such persons, who may or may not be Guyanese, or may be visiting Guyana in the near future, should contact the GHRA.