OAS Anti-Corruption report on Belize

MECHANISM FOR FOLLOW-UP ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTION Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Committee of Experts September 8-12, 2014 Washington, DC OEA/Ser.L. SG/MESICIC/doc. 422/14 rev. 4 September 12, 2014 Original: English FINAL REPORT (Adopted at the September 12, 2014 plenary session) SUMMARY This report contains the comprehensive review of the implementation in Belize of Article III, paragraph 9, of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, covering “oversight bodies, with a view to implementing modern mechanisms for preventing, detecting, punishing, and eradicating corrupt acts,” which was selected by the MESICIC Committee of Experts for the Fourth Round; and of […]

Belize: The State Of The Nation

By: Richard Harrison Today, on the eve of our 33rd year of INDEPENDENCE…. I kneel in service to deliver the STATE OF THE NATION address. Instead of dealing with all and sundry, gifts and glory, today I take off my gloves to try to deal a death blow with the little strength I have left…. to only ONE, but principal among the obstacles to the development of my country and people…. who, deep in my heart of hearts, I believe aspire to greater INDEPENDENCE. 33 years ago, all the citizens of BELIZE pledged allegiance to serve the best interest of […]

Belize Senate is Failing Belize

According to Senator for the Business Community, Mark Lizarraga, the Belize Senate as it is performing at this time in our nation’s history is “suffering from an urgent crisis of the erosion of public confidence in governance in our jewel Belize!” He made those comments at the last sitting of the Senate in his attempts to appeal to the senate, to do its job and launch an investigation into the recent scandals that have been aired in the public domain. Mr. Mark Lizarraga- Senator for the Private Sector “Section 8 reads that ‘the senate shall have the power of requiring […]

Contitution of Belize – The Senate 2

61.-(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Senate shall consist of twelve members (in this Constitution referred to as “Senators”) who shall be appointed by the Governor-General in accordance with the provisions of this section. (2) If any person who is not a Senator is selected to be President of the Senate he shall, by virtue of holding the office of President, be a Senator in addition to the twelve Senators referred to in subsection (1).(3) The President of the Senate shall have a casting vote in the event of an equality of votes in respect of any business at a […]

We Need A New Constitution

You can’t have a house on a sinking foundation and you would never build a new house on one right? So then why are we ignoring the fact that our Constitution is a sinking foundation that needs to go? Example # 1: On November 26, 2013 the Government of Belize held a House Meeting. After this meeting the media reported that Hon. John Saldivar secured an approval from the Prime Minister for $150,000 to assist the Belmopan City Council with much needed repairs to the streets of Belmopan. If you study the Belize Constitution carefully you will find that Proviso […]

Fighting for Education for girls …it’s a must! 1

by Audrey Matura-Shepherd on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 I do not know how many Belizeans have been following the news of the 14 year old Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai, who was targeted and nearly killed by the Taliban for supporting education for girls.  It is indeed a sad story and one which I think reflects how too many Belizean take for granted the freedom and opportunity they have to get an education.  Our boys and girls equally should be assured of this as a Constitutional Right, yet it is not a legal right, although, unlike Pakistan, by violence we do […]

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 […]

Constitution of Belize – During Emergencies 1

Provisions for periods of public emergency. 18.-(1) In this Part, “period of public emergency” means any period during which -(a) Belize is engaged in any war; or (b) there is in force a proclamation by the Governor-General declaring that a state of public emergency exists; or (c) there is in force a resolution of the National Assembly declaring that democratic institutions in Belize are threatened by subversion. (2) The Governor-General may, by proclamation which shall be published in the Gazette, declare that a state of public emergency exists for the purposes of this Part. (3) A proclamation made by the […]

Dual Nationality

27. A citizen of Belize by birth or descent who acquires the citizenship of any other country may, if the laws of the other country so permit and at his option, retain his citizenship of Belize. 28. The National Assembly may make provision, not inconsistent with this Part, in respect of citizenship, including provision for- (a) the acquisition of citizenship of Belize by persons who are not eligible or who are no longer eligible to become citizens of Belize under this Part; (b) depriving any person of his citizenship of Belize; (c) the renunciation by any person of his citizenship […]

Protection from arbitrary search or entry

9.-(1) Except with his own consent, a person shall not be subjected to the search of his person or his property or the entry by others on his premises. (2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes reasonable provision- (a) that is required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, town and country planning, the development and utilisation of mineral resources or the development or utilisation of any […]