Despite protestations, Guyana is a free country under the administration of President Bharrat Jagdeo. So says the US watchdog organization Freedom House in its latest survey of political rights and civil liberties, FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2010. Freedom House has been preparing and publicizing such surveys for 40 years in its 69-year history.
Among the positive findings in the report on Guyana were:
• Several independent newspapers operate freely
• Seventeen privately owned television stations
freely criticize the government.
• There are no government restrictions on the
• Guyanese generally enjoy freedom of religion.
• The government does not restrict academic
• The government largely respects freedoms of
• The right to form labor unions is also generally
upheld, and unions are well organized.
• The judicial system is independent, but due
process is undermined by shortages of staff and
• The Guyana Defense Force and the national
Guyana Police Force are under civilian control.
Sources: Weekend Mirror (Guyana) and Freedom House (USA)