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Nov 8, 2016

The Birth Certificate Issue: Minister Laments Lack of Trust in Institutions

Godwin Hulse

We reported last week that a Belizean woman was denied her birth certificate because the Vital Statistics Unit is reviewing allegations of fraud involving someone taking Belizean birth certificates and selling them in Mexico. While that investigation is ongoing, the issue revives what Minister of Immigration and Nationality Senator Godwin Hulse is calling an eroding lack of trust in Belizean institutions – a trust that is needed to inform the work of his ministry.

 

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality

“Yeah, we are aware of that; that has been going on forever, where there are people – in fact, you will remember that there were twenty-two persons brought to court, who had committed what Immigration thought was an offense against the descent, and those people got away. You see when you have a baby, and you go to register the baby, there’s no DNA; there’s no fingerprint; there’s no picture; there’s nothing. And so that’s a complicated system; that whole Registry thing of registering people who were born, was in the old days based on trust and integrity; which no longer exist in that sense. So it’s easy to get a birth certificate and once you got a birth certificate you’re good to go.”

 

Reporter

“But the fight should never end to correct what is happening there; put in the technological and security aspects that are required.”

 

Godwin Hulse

“I agree with that; I mean, why would we stop? We need to drive those processes;  and this is why I am a bit disappointed at how this whole process of reform and this process of change goes, because it gets into an emotional level many times, and then we get devoid of what is practically required to get it done. There are some things that are practically required, and people – if you institute those things, people start to bawl.”

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1 Response for “The Birth Certificate Issue: Minister Laments Lack of Trust in Institutions”

  1. Mike G. says:

    Let them bawl! The law is the law and as long as we look the other way it will continue to happen. Let’s start with prosecuting the “Honorable” ones involved.

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