What will political parties, the police, the CPA do differently now when faced with child abuse allegations?

Dear Editor,

It is easy to be angry at the villagers who had heard about the men who killed Leonard Archibald. From the various accounts, it seems reports had been made to the police station. The police, as expected, have no record of any report. It is difficult to make police reports. There are conflicting issues in Guyana about crime statistics, and it seems that the reduced crime figures are probably correlated to citizens refusing to undergo the frustration of dealing with the police. Children will probably not want to approach police.

The police themselves seem to be in their own turmoil.

Are communities then supposed to exact some kind of vigilante justice when the police are not serious? What are children and other citizens to expect when they want to make a report to the Childcare and Protection Agency, or the police? How are hospitals supposed to respond when they suspect children have been abused? Who follows up when ‘money’ settles matters? Who is going to ensure healing for the survivors of abuse?

What happens to officials who fail in their duty of care? There are no answers in any of the calls of ‘community should do more to protect’ especially if the State has a responsibility to children.

The PPP and the National Assembly did nothing to formally resolve the allegations of child sexual abuse which were made against Kwame McCoy. He was the nominee of the then Minister Priya Manickchand to the Rights of the Child Commission. Another minister, Volda Lawrence, faced calls for her resignation after she did nothing to see independent and formal resolution of the allegations of child sexual abuse against her colleague, Councillor Winston Harding.  The politicians held their course.

What will the political parties who have dismissed allegations of child abuse do differently now? What will the police and the CPA do differently now? What will the Ministry of Education do differently now as their teachers can still beat children who might also be dealing with other forms of abuse?

Yours faithfully,

Vidyaratha Kissoon


Privatization of sugar estates is the only feasible option

Dear Editor, A tragedy is unfolding in Guyana. The government has suddenly and dramatically begun the closure of GuySuCo, the largest single employer in Guyana outside of the public service.

News story that overseas nominee for Chancellor post identified is deeply troubling

Dear Editor, I write in relation to a story in yesterday’s edition of the Kaieteur News captioned ‘Overseas-based nominee for Chancellor post identified’.

It is a duty to ask tough questions of Exxon not a ‘cuss-out

Dear Editor, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge’s recent defence of ExxonMobil is one of the most cringeworthy statements that could be issued by a foreign minister representing a country that had one of the most formidable reputations in standing up with dignity to the big powers and multinationals.

The government should do the morally right thing by acknowledging its mistake

Dear Editor, I refer to yesterday’s article in the Stabroek News under the caption ‘Greenidge says he advised  against disclosing the bonus’ and wish to comment as follows: At the time when Mr Christopher Ram alleged that the government received a signing bonus of US$20 million from ExxonMobil, there was no indication of the purpose for which the money was paid.

Men’s lack of control over women’s sexuality is reversing the power structure in the society

Dear Editor, Whether one is male or female is not only a biological fact, it assigns one to membership of one of two social groups, known as ‘gender’.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now