This article is the first of a two part series that will deal with the use of the British Emergency Detention Bill and its impact on the development of the Preventive Detention Act, 1966 in Guyana.
By Charlene Wilkinson &
University of Guyana
Department of Language & Cultural Studies Faculty of Education &
In January of this year, a landmark conference in Jamaica concluded with the presentation to members of the public of the final draft of The Charter on Language Policy and Language Rights in the Creole Speaking Caribbean.
On Monday, Emancipation day, I stood on a relative’s veranda in Hopetown watching a group of young and not so young people making their way home, through the rain, after a night of frolic at the annual ‘swari’.
The United Nations has designated the year 2011 as International year FOR (not of) People of African Descent. As the group most affected by racism the year seeks to strengthen the commitment to eradicating discrimination against people of African descent and, among other things, help in “the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage.” Undoubtedly, the residual discrimination and inequalities still faced by people of African descent are some of the legacies of the centuries of enslavement and even after freedom the inferior status with which all things African/ black were and still are associated most often, sadly, by people of African descent.