Several ongoing government practices impeded activities of religious groups.
Religious groups stated that they continued to experience adverse effects from a government takeover in 1976 of the administration of more than 600 private schools and hospitals, many of which were run by religious organizations. Religious groups retained title to these properties, but the government required that they be made available for government use as schools and health clinics. Although the government has continued to pay a nominal rent each year, religious groups wishing to terminate government control have been unable to do so. Religious groups stated that in some cases when the government ceased using the properties for health and educational purposes, other government agencies attempted to occupy the properties, but in all reported instances the religious organizations were successful in negotiating with them to leave the premises. In cases where the government returned the properties to religious organizations, some of the properties were in poor condition.
One religious group stated that senior government officials applied pressure on religious groups to refrain from speaking out on social issues, especially in cases in which the government considered the group to be critical of government actions or policies.
The Guyana Defense Force (GDF) coordinated with civilian religious groups to provide military personnel with access to religious services. Leaders of all major religious groups conducted prayer services and counseling on GDF bases.