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Nov 15, 2017

Immigration & Foreign Affairs Moving Slowly on Verification of Renunciation Process

Godwin Hulse

That announcement came during an extensive discussion of the countries’ relations in terms of Guatemalans becoming Belizean citizens.  Hulse told the Committee that previously, Guatemala simply accepted the Belizean renunciation form and passport as proof.  But Guatemala has gotten stricter, requiring notification in Guatemala.  Because Belize’s law requires renunciation before pursuing Belizean status, Guatemala would not allow its former citizens, even briefly, to become “stateless.”  The impasse remains, with no new Guatemalans acquiring Belizean citizenships.  But P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay pressed as to what has and needs to be done to correct what he called a present state of illegality, both among those formally renounced and those who may have slipped through the cracks. Hulse said Belize is still waiting on the legal advice before anything can get done, but it is clear that some citizenship may be reversed.

 

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration and Nationality

“We have sought it through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to engage their Ministry to get a proper determination of how that process goes. I know for a fact that it can happen, because a communiqué was sent to us that said that last year, some sixty-two Guatemalans had renounced their Guatemalan nationality, so it can happen.”

 

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“I have seen that. Have you tied that back to how many Guatemalans?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“No. No.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“But you see these are the things, Minister: here we have evidence from Guatemala, emanating from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifically saying it was sixty-two or sixty-eight persons had renounced their nationality. If we check how many Guatemalans became Belizeans and it exceeds that number, one: that is clear evidence that something illegal may have happened; two, we would also have to check to see that the sixty-two or sixty-eight, whatever number it is that the Guatemalan Foreign ministry refers to,  are on our books and they correspond. Has anything been done?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“No, not to my knowledge.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Have we requested data on any other years from Guatemala?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“No, not to my knowledge.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Any reason for this?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“No; it’s an exercise to be done, but I have not.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“You say that your ministry has followed up with Foreign Affairs seeking legal advice; has Foreign Affairs procured, obtained?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“We are still waiting.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Minister, you accept that any Guatemalan that did not effectively and lawfully renounce his or her nationality and became a Belizean is not a true Belizean?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“That would go back from independence.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“I don’t care when; [he or she] is not a true Belizean; you agree?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“If that was the process, and it was not accepted legally, properly, contrary to what we understood, then that would be so.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“What would happen to those persons?”

 

Godwin Hulse

“It’s difficult to answer.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“But we cannot tolerate a state of illegality and unconstitutionality, stare it in the face and say we’re not going to get the legal advice as to what is to happen.”

 

Godwin Hulse

“I agree, Senator, but then that is a discourse that we need to advance through all the legal luminaries, the Cabinet and everybody, to determine what is to happen. From where I sit, those persons who would not have qualified, but by some misunderstanding or misrepresentation or misinterpretation of the filing of things were qualified – if that position is reversed, then they would have to revert to a status of perhaps permanent residence, perpetually, because there is nothing to prevent that. But some determination has to be made. That is not for me, sitting here, to say.”

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1 Response for “Immigration & Foreign Affairs Moving Slowly on Verification of Renunciation Process”

  1. manuel pinto says:

    voten o no voten los guatemaltecos el Si para ir a la Corte Internacional de Justicia va a ganar en Belice.

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