UN plans racial harmony initiative
Stabroek News
March 14, 2003

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As a means of building a climate of peace and security, the United Nations in collaboration with other donor agencies is developing a project to increase harmony across ethnic boundaries.

The project according to a release from the office of the resident co-ordinator of the UN, will focus on increasing dialogue and will include the mobilisation of forces to build unity.

As part of the project, the UN is hoping to advance training, small grants and other support for community level initiatives as well as civil society, inter-religious and ecumenical initiatives to develop conflict resolution and confident building at the community level.

It is hoped that these would lead to a defusing of tensions generated by the recent spate of violence.

Similarly, the agency is also hoping to hold sensitisation seminars on issues of human rights for police and members of the legal profession while addressing the case of conflict sensitive reporting and human rights through the orientation of reporters, editors and owners of media establishments.

The action of the UN agency was prompted by the continued escalation of crime the most recent of which was the brutal murder of Kashmattie Singh on Monday evening in Albouystown.

The agency said the escalation in crime was of concern to everyone in Guyana, irrespective of culture, ethnicity, age economic status or political orientation.

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