United Nations

The Justice Institute has used the United Nations system to raise awareness of the grave danger posed to Guyana, the Caribbean and the planet by dangerous deep water drilling offshore Guyana. We have worked in partnership with the Center for International Environmental Law based in Washington DC. In December 2019, Executive Director Melinda Janki addressed representatives of states at the pre-sessions of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review for Guyana. In October 2020 Justice Institute submitted a parallel report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination. Following lobbying by Justice Institute and CIEL the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women expressed concerns about the impact of Guyana’s petroleum venture on women and girls.

In 2020, we complained to the UNCERD about the discriminatory impacts of oil and gas on the Guyana’s Amerindian peoples in our Parallel Report to UNCERD.

In December 2019 we lobbied the UN to stop dangerous drilling and provide a UNUPR Brief for Permanent Missions.

In July 2019 we alerted CEDAW to the disproportionate threat that oil and gas posed to women and girls in Guyana