Chris Brown may be a pawn in a political battle over allegations of human rights abuses against the government Guyana. He was forced to cancel a concert because of protests over his 2009 beat down of Rihanna.
Guyana’s President since last year is Donald Ramotar who is the hand-picked successor of former President Bharrat Jagdeo.
Government security forces under Jagdeo were accused of human rights abuses. Evidence surfaced in an unrelated drug case in the United States that government forces were involved with death squads and possibly drug running, according to Amnesty International.
Guyanese national Roger Khan was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the United States for drug smuggling. Khan was found to be involved with an alleged “death squad,” made up of current and former government security forces.
The death squad was reportedly responsible for the torture, enforced disappearance or killing of more than 200 people between 2002 and 2006, according to the human rights group.
Opposition groups are pressuring the government to allow an international inquiry into allegations of torture and murder by government security forces since 1993.
Violence against women and girls has also been rampant. Local groups backed a “Sexual Offences” bill to toughen penalties for abuse against females, but the legislation stalled in the Guyana National Assembly.
Archaic colonial laws continue to be used to discriminate against people on grounds of their sexuality, the group said. Women and men are routinely arrested for cross-dressing.
Opposition groups seized on Brown’s planned appearance and used it to protest domestic abuse, which is widespread in the country.
Brown was slated to appear the day after Christmas. Women’s rights groups and opposition lawmakers said Brown would not be welcome because of the Rihanna assault, and the promoter decided against proceeding with the show.