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Belize

Overview and Key facts:

Capital: Belmopan

Land Area: 22,966 sq km

Head of Government: Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Population: 288,000 (2007)

Major Languages: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole

Major Religion(s): Roman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27% (Anglican 5.3%, Methodist 3.5%, Mennonite 4.1%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5.2%, Pentecostal 7.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), none 9.4%, other 14% (2000)

Date of Joining: 1981

Status of FOI Legislation:

The FOI Act was enacted in 1994 and it provides for the access to documents held by government departments. The Act however does not apply to the courts and the Governor General.

Status of National Human Rights Institutions:

Has an Office of the Ombudsman but no specific human rights mandate.

Have a Universal Periodic Review in the UN Human Rights Council 5th Session (May 2009) and have attended the Conference of National Human Rights Institutions in February 2007, London.

News Updates:

Belize: On 4 May 2009 Caribbean Net News reported the appointment of a new police commissioner, Crispin Jeffries. The president of the Public Service Union, Jacqueline Willoughby, has criticised the appointment procedure saying that Jeffries appointment and other promotions were carried out contrary to the Public Service Regulations.

Belize/Guyana: On 16 March 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the Caribbean Heads of Government have reaffirmed the integrity of Guyana and the sovereignty of Belize.

Belize: On 14 March 2009 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the Prime Minister has announced that the country will abolish appeals to the Privy Council and instead begin allowing appeals to the Caribbean Court.

Belize: On 6 December 2008 'Caribbean Net News' reported that the former Prime Minister of Belize has been charged with theft of $10 million from public funds.

Belize: On 10 October 2008 'Caribbean Net News' reported that Belize's Chief Justice had called for more resources to be directed towards the country's judicial system, but had added that in spite of its problems the judiciary was nevertheless an independent body. He claimed that the main issue was a lack of judges and magistrates which led to delays in cases and in the issuing of judgements.

 
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Joint Letter to HRC Members on Sri Lanka

Statement on Human Rights Defenders

United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules)

Re Inhuman conditions in prison SC order 24.4.15

Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 and the FCR Rules - Points for consideration

Hear the Message, Don't Shoot the Messenger - Curbing Voices of Dissent in the Name of Regulation

CHRI CONCERNED OVER ALLEGATIONS OF POLICE VIOLENCE & ARBITRARY ACTION DURING ANTI GOVERNMENT RALLY

Breaking the silence"- CHRI's Press note on Sri Lanka's RTI

CHRI's critique of Tanzania's ATI Bill 2015

Tanzania's ATI Act 2015 (Bill)

CHRI celebrates the release and repatriation of Khan Zaman

Incidence of rape-torture-death in Prisons

Acquittal of Accused Pac Personnel in the 1987 Hashimpura Killings

Call for Proposals - Crime Victimisation Survey

Call for Quotations Website Maintenance

POLICE REFORM WORKING GROUP (PWRG) STATEMENT ON CABINET SECRETARY

Call for implementation of UNSC resolution on humanitarian access for Syrians

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JointLetter BRICS Summit Fortaleza

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VAW statement - item 3 - 11 June 2014

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Upcoming UPR review for Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho Granada and Guyana

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Humanrights Initiative

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