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Guyana

Monthly Updates

December 2022

The Ministry of Human Services and Social Security announced Guyana’s Domestic Violence Act will be amended to the Family Violence Act in 2023. The new draft bill has been designed in conjunction with several pieces of legislation proposed by the government will redefine interpersonal relationships, adjust powers ascribed to the police and to the courts, and implement new punitive measures for perpetrators introducing criminal liability for violence. Domestic violence is a prevalent issue in the country, with 28 related deaths reported during 2022. Since taking office in 2020, the government has implemented a number of policies, initiatives, and programmes that deal with abuse against women, alongside intensified training and awareness efforts with the aim to achieve a cultural and behavioural shift in the population.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
790 330
System of government
Semi-Presidential system
Head of government
Prime Minister Mark Phillips (since 2020)
Head of government party
People's Progressive Party/Civic
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
List Proportional Representation
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
35.7%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2020
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
2.08
Head of state
President Irfaan Ali
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (plurality)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
29/01/2020
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
70.35%
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Human Rights Treaties

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State Party State party
Signatory Signatory
No Action No action
United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
State Party
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
State Party
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
State Party
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
State Party
Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
No Action
International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
State Party
Regional Treaties
American Convention on Human Rights
No Action
Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
No Action
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Early Warning System BETA

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Low risk of democratic breakdown Low risk of democratic breakdown (BETA)
Moderate risk of democratic backsliding Moderate risk of democratic backsliding (BETA)

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GSoD Indices

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