ERC launches investigation into woman’s racist remarks on Facebook


The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) has launched a probe into a Facebook video posted at the weekend “that is laced with racially insensitive remarks towards another ethnicity.”

A statement from the ERC Tuesday said it is “particularly concerned that the post can contribute to unnecessary tension rising in the society.”

In the Facebook video, the woman made derogatory remarks against Afro Guyanese.

The ERC, through its Investigations Unit, is also looking into a recent incident at the Kissoon’s Furniture Store involving alleged racial profiling of a customer.

“The ERC is reminding citizens to desist entirely from making racially motivated remarks which can incite others. In fact, the Commission wishes to point out that persons can be prosecuted for offences under the Racial Hostility and Representation of the People Acts, as well as the country’s Cyber Crime Laws. The ERC continues to monitor Facebook and the various social media platforms.

“The body is pleading to all Guyanese to exercise tolerance and respect for each other throughout their daily lives.”

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