Message on International Children’s Day 2016

Today is International Children’s Day, one of the days dozens of countries have set aside to reflect on children’s rights. The Guyana Empowered Peoples Action Network (GEPAN) remembers the children of the streets, those who are victims of forced labour and TIP, those who are victims of poverty and abuse in its multiple forms. We […]

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Amerindian Land Titling – Status

The Amerindian Land Titling Project was launched by the Government of Guyana and funded by revenues generated by the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). An initial US $10.7 million was allocated to the project when it was established in June 2014. The Implementing Partner of the project is the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry (MoIPA), with the technical support […]

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Progress can kill

… A publication by Survival International It has been long debated whether or not development, in other words progress, can negatively impact indigenous peoples. While this is widely the case for indigenous peoples world wide,it is our belief at GEPAN that the Amerindians of Guyana have over the years learnt to merge development with their […]

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Ginzburg’s ‘There you go’

Survival International has shared with the Guyana Empowered Peoples’ Action Network (GEPAN) a short illustration by French-Israeli writer Oren Ginzburg, which depicts the negative impact that development can have on indigenous communities. It also relates back to the use of FPIC in all exchanges with indigenous peoples regarding their development. Special efforts have been placed by […]

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Press Release: Tasserene/Broomes Conflict of Interest

Press release: In light of the Natural Resources Ministry’s request for clarification on what the Guyana Empowered Peoples’ Action Network (GEPAN) understands to be a “conflict of interest” involving its Junior Minister, Ms. Simona Broomes, and the Akawaio community of Tasserene, the public is invited to consult the following response. GEPAN PRESS RELEASE: TASSERENE LAND […]

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TASSERENE – CONFLICT OF INTEREST ARISING FROM MINISTER BROOMES’ MINING ON AMERINDIAN PROPOSED TITLE LAND

In an attempt to engage the Honourable Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman, to resolve the issue arising from the possession of mining blocks by another Minister on proposed Amerindian land, the following letter was issued by GEPAN.   Hon. Minister Raphael Trotman Ministry of Natural Resources Upper Brickdam Georgetown   Dear Minister Trotman, […]

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Suriname coast guards arrest Orealla fishermen

  GEPAN got word from Orealla that a group of fishermen from the village was arrested by the Suriname coast guard patrolling the Corentyne River. The report we received indicates that the men were conducting regular traditional fishing when the coast guard arrested them and took them across to Suriname. There they were detained and […]

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21 Amerindian Title Applications Pending

GEPAN has observed that the Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) (LCDS GRIF funded project) was interrupted in June, 2015 leaving at least 21 completed land titling investigations hanging. Seven months after the halting of the project, Amerindians are still awaiting for a decision to be made on their land title applications. Some communities face tremendous challenges […]

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Minister Broomes’ Mining in Tasserene

Letter to the UN Resident Representative Requesting her Intervention in having Junior Minister Broomes’ Mining Properties Relocated out of the Tasserene Proposed Title Area   January 13th, 2016 Ms. Khadija Musa Resident Representative United Nations Development Programme Brickdam, Stabroek Georgetown   Dear Ms. Musa,   TASSERENE LAND TITLING PROCESS – CONFLICT OF INTEREST   The […]

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