Law


UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms

Adopted by the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, Cuba, 27 August to 7 September 1990 Whereas the work of law enforcement officials 1 is a social service of great importance and there is, therefore, a need to maintain and, whenever necessary, to improve the working conditions and status of these officials, Whereas a threat to the life and safety of law enforcement officials must be seen as a threat to the stability of society as a whole, Whereas law enforcement officials have a vital role in the protection of the […]


Possible Terrorist ties in Belize

(C) ZUBAIR KHAN — RSO SOURCE ALLEGES PAKISTANI-BELIZEAN DRUG TRAFFICKING, MONEY LAUNDERING, POSSIBLE TERRORIST TIES Date: 2008 April 4, 21:28 (Friday) Canonical ID: 08BELMOPAN192_a Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL Current Classification: CONFIDENTIAL Handling Restrictions: – Not Assigned – Character Count: 3548 Executive Order: – Not Assigned – Locator: TEXT ONLINE TAGS ASEC – Administration–Security | BH- Belize | CVIS – Consular Affairs–Visas | KCRM – Criminal Activity |PTER – Political Affairs– Terrorists and Terrorism Concepts: – Not Assigned – Enclosure: – Not Assigned – Type: TE Office Origin: – N/A or Blank – Archive Status: – Not Assigned – Office Action: – […]


IDB Report on Citizen Security in Belize

The following is a report published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) dated October 2013. It discusses the lack of citizen security, the ever increasing crime rate, lack of resources to combat it and the underlying aspects that are causing this growth, things I have touched time and again in many discussions like Education, Poverty, failure of our justice system not only in practice but to your citizens in the penitentiary system. Without further adieu, here is the report, and may I say that things have gotten and only keep getting worst. Abstract In the face of rising crime rates […]


Bilateral Investment Treaty

Treaty Series No. 33 (1982) Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Belize for the Promotion and Protection of Investments. Belmopan, 30 April 1982 The Agreement entered into force on 30 April 1982 Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs by Command of Her Majesty September 1982 Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Belize for the Promotion and Protection of Investments The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and […]


Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms

Chapter 4 of the Laws of Belize – THE CONSTITUTION OF BELIZE PART II Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Whereas every person in Belize is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely- (a) life, liberty, security of the person, and the protection of the law; (b) freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly […]


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 […]


EXPOSED: Covering up the Penner Incident

So late last year I noted Why nothing may happen with the UDP Immigration Scandal, and we got proof of it from Channel 5 News. It seems that this Government is willing to go to any lengths to cover up their criminal activity. How much longer will Belize keep tolerating this kind of behavior? It is almost six months since former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration Elvin Penner was removed from Cabinet for his role in the illegal issuance of a passport to South Korean fugitive sitting in a Taiwanese jail. There have been allegations of multiple investigations, […]


The sad state of governance and justice in Belize

Recently, in Belize, there was the case of Belize Police Corporal Gino Peck, a well-respected officer, who was charged with the possession of unlicensed ammunition. It is both a peculiar, yet enlightening case in that it demonstrated: (1) the crass nature of amendments to the Firearms Act of 2008 and 2010 and its appropriateness, (2) the manner in which this act can conceivably be used as a tool of oppression, (3) the vulnerability of citizens involving this abominable piece of legislation and (4) the existence of a variety of other-relevant issues. In the case of Corporal Peck, his home was […]


Belize People's Front and VIP on the Hubert Pipersburgh Show

Featured guests are Nefretery Nancy Marin of the Belize People’s Front and Hubert Enriquez of the VIP.. The two leaders of these parties will share with us their vision for Belize’s future. More Current Events Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with BelizeBillBoard on BlogTalkRadio


The Belizean Diaspora

The diaspora represent the last bastion for Belize. However, like the rest of the Caribbean Belize remains hostile to its Diaspora and the misguided notion that any other citizens other than those of the commonwealth are suspect to questionable allegiance. Belize must think locally, but act globally. In this age of globalization the citizens as well as the corporations have difficulty in confining themselves to one country. The nations that refuse to comprehend this new phenomenon are condemned to remain backward, underdeveloped and marginal to the tide of progress and prosperity. – Hubert Pipersburgh Online Current Events Radio at Blog […]