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Apr 7, 2016

US Hands Over US$1.4M for Justice Sector Reform

The Central America Regional Security Initiative, very affectionately known as CARSI. We say affectionately because since 2008 Belize has received over thirty-five million in programs and grants. In fiscal year 2015 alone, six point four million dollars U.S. were made available to Belize through the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office. And there’s more good news, made official through a signing ceremony between Prime Minister Dean Barrow and U.S. Ambassador Carlos Moreno in the Cabinet Room this morning. Today’s signing was an amendment to the existing letter of agreement to acknowledge a new category of funding – Justice Sector Reform. The new stream of financing, to be disbursed over a period of five years, is intended to take a holistic approach to the justice system in Belize, with specific primary targets.

 

Carlos Moreno, United States Ambassador

“This particular amendment is designed to enhance Belize’s capacity to fairly and effectively investigate, prosecute, defend, adjudicate and detain offenders and process criminal cases in a timely manner. We hope that this will build Belize’s capacity to investigate and to prosecute illicit drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption and other crimes. This project will also assist the justice system to review draft and implement and enforce new and current legislation and regulations. I am very proud to add that the recent amendments to the rules of criminal procedure here are really a product of this type of funding, and those rules are currently being implemented in the magistrate’s Court as well as the Supreme Court in Belize. The kind of assistance that this money will fund include technical assistance, specialized training, equipping and improving infrastructure for Police investigators, prosecutors, and like me, Judges. It will also focus on other justice personnel, civil society and other key entities in order to improve the overall responsiveness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Belize.”

 

Dean Barrow, Prime Minister

Dean Barrow

“This is a welcome development, the additional funds, and the expanded uses to which we are agreeing the funds must be put so that program becomes even more comprehensive and presumably even more effective. So thank you very much indeed, and it is lovely to as I said have recorded this new installment in this ongoing story of security collaboration between these two countries.”

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2 Responses for “US Hands Over US$1.4M for Justice Sector Reform”

  1. Moses Benguche says:

    Here we go again. The white man di give we money to lock up more black men just like in the US. There are more people in the US jails than the whole population of Belize. 75% are black most on trumped up charges and minor drug offenses.

  2. Marie says:

    Ok, they in jail for committing a crime, because it is hard with the poor investigation the police does. School, most people don’t want to attend, neither do they want to work. They prefer to steal, kill.

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