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Transnational Issues in Guyana

Disputes – International

All of the area west of the Essequibo River is claimed by Venezuela preventing any discussion of a maritime boundary. Guyana has expressed its intention to join Barbados in asserting claims before UNCLOS that Trinidad and Tobago's maritime boundary with Venezuela extends into their waters.

Suriname claims a triangle of land between the New and Kutari/Koetari rivers in a historic dispute over the headwaters of the Courantyne. Guyana also seeks arbitration under provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to resolve the long-standing dispute with Suriname over the axis of the territorial sea boundary in potentially oil-rich waters.

Human Trafficking

Guyana is a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour. Most trafficking appears to take place in remote mining camps in the country's interior, while some women and girls are trafficked from northern Brazil. Reports from other nations suggest Guyanese women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation to neighbouring countries and Guyanese men and boys are subject to labour exploitation in construction and agriculture. Trafficking victims from Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela transit Guyana en route to Caribbean destinations. Indonesian workers are victims of forced labour on Guyanese-flagged fishing boats.

Illicit Drugs

Guyana is a trans-shipment point for narcotics from South America, primarily Venezuela, to Europe and the US. Cannabis cultivation, and money laundering related to drug trafficking and human smuggling is also on the rise.





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