Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


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 […]


Officers linked to human rights abuses in Latin America 1

Senior U.S. officials say professors should have been more carefully vetted By Julia Harte and R. Jeffrey Smith 11:30 pm, March 11, 2015 – Updated: 6:08 pm, March 31, 2015 Update, Mar. 31, 2015, 5:43 p.m.: On March 27, journalists at the McClatchy newspaper chain published an article stating that the Pentagon continued to pay one of the foreign military officers described in this article after his U.S. visa was revoked. Details are below. Carlos Alberto Ospina Ovalle was deep in the Colombian mountains in the autumn of 1997, directing an Army brigade in a major offensive against a group […]


Belize is obligated under international law to protect the Maya people’s rights to their lands and natural resources 2

SKELETON ARGUMENT OF THE CLAIMANTS APPENDIX B: INTERNATIONAL LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF BELIZE 1. Belize is obligated, by its own legal commitments in international human  rights treaties, to recognize and protect indigenous peoples’ rights to land and  resources. In addition, customary international law requires Belize to uphold  these rights apart from its treaty commitments. 2. The Constitution of Belize guarantees the fundamental rights of all  Belizeans to property, non-discrimination, life, and security of the person. The  Interpretation Act instructs this Court to interpret the Constitution in a manner  consistent with its obligations under relevant international law.1 A summary of  the relevant […]