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Apr 22, 2015

Barrow Says Mayans Are Not Entitled to Moral Damages

Denys Barrow

According to Barrow, the fact that the Maya were deprived of their rights during colonialism, doesn’t make them any better than other ethnicities, including Mestizos and Garinagu, as it pertains to the issue of moral damages.


Denys Barrow, Attorney for Government of Belize

“In relation to the matter of moral damage, there is the fact that Belize is not owned now, is not controlled now by the descendants of the European invaders and conquerors.  It is we, all of us who are here right now who own Belize.  I made the point that the Maya are not entitled to damages for deprivation for their rights for the oppression which they have suffered anymore than the Africans, the other Indian persons, East Indians, Garifuna, Mestizo, everybody.  So everybody has a claim against the colonial system which we inherited upon independence.  It is now at the stage where these claims have been brought forward and government is in a position as we have magnificently done, to say, “You know what, let us give the Maya their wish and put their system of land ownership on a legal, statutory, legislative footing.”  So this is what government has agreed to do.  Government should not be made to pay, you and I should not be made to pay any damages to the Maya for the wrongs that they have suffered through the years.”

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