A CIVIL society group called ‘Article 13’ has been formed with the intention to achieve the noble goals and aspirations set out in the constitution of Guyana.
The group in a press statement said its members are individuals and organisations engaged in diverse areas of work, but united in their commitment to the ideals set out in the preamble to the constitution, including the creation of a harmonious community based on democratic values, social justice, human rights, and the rule of law.
“More than 40 years since its pronouncement in the 1980 constitution and almost two decades since that objective was elevated to a right protected under Article 149 (2) of the constitution, Article 13 remains an unfulfilled constitutional mandate,” the press statement signed by Yog Mahadeo and Raymond Gaskin said.
“The modest goal of our group is to advocate for these aspirations and rights to be realised, for a land and a country of which wherever we roam, we can hold our heads high, stand tall and proudly proclaim that, as a nation, we live our dreams,” it added.
The group says it was formulated to ensure that the people of Guyana are represented and heard at all levels in debating Guyana’s development and in achieving a thriving and sustainable society and their objectives include advocating for good, transparent, accountable, and responsible governance as well as identifying and proposing solutions which advance Guyana and its people.
The group looks forward to working in collaboration with the private and public sectors, the government, the opposition, the legislature, Guyanese at home and abroad and regional and international groups.