18 Solid Reasons why Belize should not go to the ICJ 5

By: Joaquin Magaña Sr.

  1. The ICJ does NOT guarantee that Belize will remain with all its territory intact as it is since Belize became a crown colony in 1862 and after it became Independent in 1981.
  2. Going to ICJ is like buying lottery (Boledo). We may win but we may LOSE. We have proof of many court cases where injustice prevails; the innocent are found guilty and the guilty walk away free. We stand a good chance of winning, however, IF WE LOSE, WE WILL LOSE OUR LAND. Our country is too much to lose. We simply cannot, and will not take that chance.
  3. Belize is a sovereign nation member of United Nations. Even Guatemala accepted this fact although reluctantly. Guatemala cannot be trusted because they always change their position in their claim with time.
  4. The determination of the Belizean people WAS, IS, AND WILL always be: To be a Sovereign and Independent Nation with ALL ITS TERRITORY INTACT.
  5. Neither Guatemala nor Spain ever occupied nor settled in Belize, NEVER. Guatemala has NEVER EVER had legal rights over the territory, nation of Belize.
  6. Whenever Spain attacked to expel the British from this land, all 5 attacks (including the last, which was called The Battle of ST. George’s Caye in 1798) came from The Captaincy of Yucatan, Mexico; NEVER from Guatemala. If they didn’t bother to defend this land is because it DID NOT BELONG TO THEM.
  7. Belize is not a piece of barren land. Belize is a country of people. These people, BELIZEANS, have always owned this land. Belizeans DO NOT WANT TO BE A PART OF GUATEMALA.
  8. Probabilities are so high that Belize has a large reserve of petroleum, for that reason Guatemala started with their nonsensical, unfounded claim once more.
  9. Guatemala is a poor nation, so poor that some people have been dying of hunger there. This may happen to Belizeans once we are incorporated to Guatemala. We can’t even think about it. In addition they are racists. They have killed thousands upon thousands of their indigenous people. General Efrain Rios Montt ex-president of Guatemala was taken to court because he was one of the most vicious genocide perpetrators in Guatemala.
  10. ICJ cannot stop Guatemala to continue claiming Belize. If the decision happens to be in favor of Belize, they can and will continue their unfounded claim. They will continue their claim because the Constitution of Guatemala says Belize is for them. So ICJ’s decision won’t change that.
  12. Do you want Belize to disappear as a nation? From Sibun River to Sarstoon River will be for Guatemala. In addition, although Mexico is not claiming Belize; BUT if the division is done should Guatemala win the case, then Mexico automatically is by that decision owner of the rest of Belize, from Sibun River to Rio Hondo. This means BELIZE WILL NO LONGER BE!
  13. There will be a severe psychological, cultural and language mal adjustment and trauma for the people if the southern part of Belize is given to Guatemala which will take decades to overcome, if it can actually be overcome.
  14. Do Belizeans in the west and south want to belong to Guatemala??? If yes go to ICJ. If NOT SAY NO, NO, NO TO ICJ.
  15. This is an Anglo- Guatemalan Dispute, Anglo means British, how comes Belize is now in it, and at stake??? Let Britain solve their dispute with Guatemala, if there is any. HOWEVER THEY MUST RESPCECT OUR TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE TOO. Belize DID NOT, CANNOT INHERIT THE DISPUTE. Belize is INDEPENDENT with defined boundaries. United Nations accepted Belize as a nation, because it is a nation SEPARATE FROM GUATEMALA. Belize got its independence from England not Guatemala.
  16. We CANNOT trust ICJ because they have ulterior interests, backed up by a couple powerful nations WHO WANT BELIZE TO BE A PART OF GUATEMALA.
  17. Government of Belize has not had the courage, the “BALLS” to tell Guatemala in a firm way that their claim is unfound and void, that Belize will NEVER relinquish a square centimeter of our land. On the contrary they allow Guatemala to take the initiative to say what will be done. It was Guatemala who proposed first going to ICJ.
  18. Guatemala failed to ratify the treaty within the stipulated 6 months done in 1862 with the British, and when they did she (Guatemala) was informed by the British Government that the treaty had lapsed with Guatemala’s failure to meet its requirements and that Great Britain would NOT COMPLY with it.

Anyway Belize got its independence from England but IF a crooked, unbiased, unjust decision comes up WE WILL NOT RELINQUISH OUR LAND we had our independence from England and WE WILL DEAMAND IT FROM GUATEMALA AS WELL. BELIZE IS FOR BELIZEANS!!!


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5 thoughts on “18 Solid Reasons why Belize should not go to the ICJ

  • elephant

    Why should Belize care when after all only the elite benefit form its resources. So many Belizeans without a piece of land and it is not because we are scarce of land.or because the PUP or UDP haven’t been in power, Politicians create the conflicts and civilians end up hating and killing one another. I believe that the right to complain is far greater than the one to vote after all no matter what political party is on power i still have to pay taxes..

    • FWB Post author

      True elephant, this is why I says that we need to start looking past party colors and start to come together as brothers and sisters and fight for each other because nobody else will do it for us.

  • Antonio

    I´m not in Belize presently, but I´m a proud 100% Belizean. I may not know the details of what is going on with the country,but I totally agree with this article. It is a fact that Belize is giving attention to a country that doesn´t deserve it. They don´t have a firm base where to stand on their claim.

  • Felicite coskey

    I am a Guatemalan educated young woman. I am not saying I disagree with the whole article but what I will say is that for you to claim that we are racists is a claim that you should not be making. Yes we did have civil war and a horrible man was in power. Before making such claims do some research on our country and on the people who committed the crimes before you say such things. Educate yourself before saying such ignorant things. “In addition they are racists. They have killed thousands upon thousands of their indigenous people. General Efrain Rios Montt ex-president of Guatemala was taken to court because he was one of the most vicious genocide perpetrators in Guatemala.” Thank you.

    • FWB Post author

      Thanks for your comment Felicite, but I have personally experienced the racist comments and actions by Guatemalans not only to indigenous Guatemalans but to “black” people as well. I would like to point you to the Facebook group Belice es de Guatemala as an example (https://www.facebook.com/Belice-es-de-Guatemala-506863256055574) where one Guatemalan said:

      “Callate negro infeliz, regresa a africa a comer platanos”

      With all due respect, I think it is you that should study the history of your country and the racist things that happen there…