Georgetown University Law Center’s Human Rights Institute (“HRI”) Fact-Finding Project Team has released its report, “Trapped: Cycles of Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons in Guyana“, which documents widespread incidents of violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Guyana across all aspects of their lives.
This report is the product of desk and field research undertaken by a team of eight students as part of the Human Rights Fact-Finding Practicum at Georgetown Law. During their research trip to Guyana, the students conducted 52 interviews with 68 rights-holders, government officials, human rights defenders, and other stakeholders. Some of the broad findings from the report include:
- LGBT persons in Guyana experience cycles of violence, discrimination, and abuse in all aspects of their lives;
- Despite the global consensus on the need for eliminating HIV/AIDS, international funding into Guyana has progressively decreased and has not been restored by the Guyanese Government, thereby limiting local NGOs in their HIV prevention and cure efforts;
- The violence in public and private spaces directly stems from discriminatory attitudes and unjust implementation of laws, both of which mutually reinforce each other; and
- In view of government inaction, there is widespread impunity for acts of violence and discrimination perpetrated by private actors and state officials, including law enforcement.
The full report can be accessed here.