Constitution of Belize


Maya Land Rights & Governance

Cristina Coc and Pabla Miss from the Maya Leaders Association Toledo Alcaldes Association discuss their advocacy for Maya land rights in Belize. Maya Land Rights: the Conejo and Santa Cruz Lawsuits Contact: Nancy Stanley, Associate Director for External Relations The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law 520-621-8430 (office) 520-979-0142 (cell) James Anaya 520-626-6341 (office) UA LAW PROFESSOR AND STUDENTS HELP SECURE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOR THE MAYA COMMUNITIES OF BELIZE In a potentially precedent-setting step with far-reaching implications, the Maya indigenous villages of Conejo and Santa Cruz will soon file claims in the Supreme Court of Belize, asserting […]


Essentiality for Freedom of the Press

I found this article and though it was important to share. I share the same sentiment that our press MUST have the right and freedom to not only write freely about issues on all levels but also to be free from the fear of prosecution and victimization from those in office. This will be a long one but a must read, especially for those in the Media. Originally published in The Nassau Guardian on November 08, 2012 by Alfred Sears, an attorney, former member of Parliament and former attorney general of The Bahamas. In a democratic society there is no […]


THE ONGOING BELIZE IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY SCANDAL, A POSSIBLE RECALL AND UNFORTUNATE PARTISAN POLITICS 1

Amid the ongoing immigration and nationality scandal, the powers that be held a press conference on Thursday, 10th October 2013. In my humble opinion, it brought to the fore, a level of: arrogance, haughtiness, self-righteousness, indignation and outright support of malfeasance as per the standing powers that be. I make no bones about it, I am a supporter of neither of the major political parties in Belize and my view, in no way, seeks to endorse the current Opposition. Nonetheless, as they say, “heavy is the head that wears the crown”. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am […]


Constitution of Belize – Citizenship 3

Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize – THE CONSTITUTION OF BELIZE PART III Citizenship 23.-(1) Every person born in Belize, immediately before Independence Day, shall become a citizen of Belize on Independence Day. (2) Every person who, immediately before Independence Day, is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies- (a) having become such a citizen under the British Nationality Act 1948 by virtue of his having been naturalised in Belize as a British subject before that Act came into force; or (b) having while resident in Belize become such a citizen by virtue of his having been naturalised […]


Alteration of the Belize Constitution

69.-(1) The National Assembly may alter any of the provisions of this Constitution in the manner specified in the following provisions of this section. (2) Until after the first general election held after Independence Day a Bill to alter any of the provisions of this Constitution shall not be regarded as being passed by the National Assembly unless on its final reading in each House the Bill is supported by the unanimous vote of all members of that House. (3) A Bill to alter this section, Schedule 2 to this Constitution or any of the provisions of this Constitution specified […]


Requirements for Being a Member of of the H.O.R. in Belize

Here is an excerpt from the Constitution of Belize regarding becoming a member of the House of Representatives. Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize – THE CONSTITUTION OF BELIZE PART VI The Legislature 57. Subject to the provisions of section 58 of this Constitution, a person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the House of Representatives if, and shall not be qualified to be so elected unless, he- (a) is a citizen of Belize of the age of eighteen years or upwards; and (b) has resided in Belize for a period of at least one […]