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Nov 17, 2015

Rupert Myles Still Not Charged for Desecrating Mayan Site

Rupert Myles

The lack of clarity on the issue, at least where G.O.B. is concerned, has led to some very volatile situations – Rupert Myles and the Santa Cruz Mayans being one of the most distasteful. While Mayans are before the Court after they arrested Myles for damaging a sacred site on their communal land, Myles has still not faced charges. Mis says that is just one of the myriad issues that need to be cleared up beyond any uncertainty.

 

Pablo Mis

Pablo Mis, Program Coordinator, Mayan Leaders Alliance

“There have been public pronouncements by the Institute of Archaeology to take legal action against Mr. Myles because they have submitted to the fact that Mr. Myles has broken the laws of Belize. To date that has not happened. In fact if you go to Uxbenkha right now he continues to denude the sacred hill. We’re still waiting to hear from the Institute of Archaeology on practical measures they will take. I think that is one example of this continued violation. There is also the situation of Jalacte where lands have been taken away from them without their consent. By them I mean the government taking away land from the Mayan community without proper process or by allowing third parties to infringe upon the rights, the property rights of the Mayas. Now the Court in their deliberations today spoke to the fact that if there are ongoing, current violations…current acts that remove property from Mayan people without due process, they impressed upon the fact that we have all rights to take that to the Supreme court of Belize, so that’s a pronouncement that was made today by the judges in their deliberations. Again that is something that we do not want to do because for us it is much more healthy if we could engage in a healthy dialogue with our government to figure out how best we can ensure that Belizeans, including the Mayan people are fully part of the ownership of deciding how they construct their lives and how they move into this modern era that we find ourselves in.”

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