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Feb 8, 2013

No nationalized Guatemalans without proper measures

Godwin Hulse

In December 2012, Minister Hulse did something which had never been done by his predecessors. For the first time, Guatemalans will not take part in swearing in ceremonies for new citizens to Belize. Today, Minister Hulse told News Five that he was not satisfied with the process through which Guatemalans renounced their citizenship and alliance to their country of birth. And while there is no moratorium or halt to the acceptance of Guatemalans, it is under investigation.

 

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration 

“Our constitution requires that any person who is a citizen of a country that does not recognize the territorial integrity of Belize cannot be a citizen of Belize; that’s the constitutional position. The substantive law emanating there from also requires that persons denounce the citizenship. We have in process, for many years, have forms that citizens of Guatemala sign denouncing their citizenship and as a result they are allowed to become citizens of Belize. We have found that many such persons return to Guatemala and reacquire a Guatemalan passport, etc. And because that has been coming up, we decided to investigate it further only to find that the Guatemalans are saying where their citizens are concerned, denunciation of nationality is not a very easy process. Our law requires also that if it is found that in any country from which you denounce; that that denunciation is not in accordance with their laws, you are deemed never to have denounced. Because of that, we have simply said that we will put these applications on hold until we can finalize this clear through both of our foreign ministries, Ministries of Immigration, etc.; that is in the process. Last week Thursday, I held a very high level meeting with the ambassador and other representatives of the Guatemalan government, our foreign ministry, our immigration department, myself and C.E.O.s to try to clarify this. And we are waiting for their response which hopefully we get in a week or two.”

 

As to those who received Belizean citizenship before the investigation commenced, their status remains unchanged. Hulse says it is a matter of gaining clarity as to the Guatemalan law on renouncing allegiance to that country, so at this stage it is only a matter of waiting until that occurs to see what happens next.

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10 Responses for “No nationalized Guatemalans without proper measures”

  1. belizean f says:

    What clarity of law when the GUATEMALANS are at the OAS meeting defiantly showing Belize on their map hence “Belize es nuestro!!!” They renouncing Guatemalan citizenship to become Guatemalan citizens again? I do HOPE we STOP selling our nationality like boledo!

    Also, how many Nigerians were sworned in?

  2. sickntired says:

    I am glad to hear that action is finally being taken to address this issue. I know guatemalans who say they only get our passport for convenience but that they are still guatemalan and get new guatemalan cedula and passport as soon as belize issues their citizenship. They plan to take us over from inside.

  3. The truth says:

    It was good enough right before Elections.

  4. Justin says:

    Shame and disgrace on our government who gives these people citizenship just to win an election. It’s time to get rid of PUP and UDP from this country. They hurt us Belizean for too long!!! But I support the action and hope they follow through wit this!!

  5. Lucas says:

    Mr. HUSTLER; I am sure you have heard the saying: A HALF RIGHTED WRONG STILL REMAINS A WRONG. If according to our laws, the process by which the Guatebads got Belizean Nationality was not carried out properly then, it is deemed as if it never happened; Why the !@#$ done you just do that? Why are you not applying the full extend of the law?. The law demands that you declare null and void all Belizean Nationality granted to all Guatemalans before 2013 because that is how it is:NULL AND VOID. More-over, the Guatemalans are insulting us with their maps showing Belize as part of their country; would it not be an excellent idea to hit them back and hit them hard by voiding and nullifing Belizean Nationality to all Guatemalans who have it and to bar them from voting in the October Referendum?. If you going to do something?, then do it properly not half done. For; A HALF RIGHTED WRONG STILL REMAINS A WRONG.

  6. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration , WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU !!!!
    HURRAY !!!! AT LAST ONE MINISTER , AT LEAST ONE STANDS TO DEFEND OUR SWEET JEWEL !!!
    GREAT JOB, VERY WELL DONE MR. Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration , PLEASE , PLEASE DO US A GREAT FAVOR, KEEP IT UP, DO NOT SELL OUR COUNTRY FOR A FEW DOLLARS, NO, NOT FOR A FEW DOLLARS !!!!
    WE ARE SO HAPPY THEY CANNOT BRIBE YOU !!!!!
    WE WILL ALWAYS LOOK AT YOU AS MAN THAT HAS NATIONAL PRIDE !!!

  7. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    As to those who received Belizean citizenship before the investigation commenced, their status remains VOID !!!
    VOID !!!
    VOID !!!!

  8. Nimbo says:

    This is at least a start. Both governments have the fault for opening our borders and having them apply for citizenship without properly taking the time to install the mechanisms for it.

    First and foremost all CA naturalized Belizeans should not be allowed to vote in the upcoming referendum..

  9. Bear says:

    Brilliantly argued, Lucas. Void the citizenship of all Guats no matter when they received it, if it violates our law.

    The Guats within are like a dagger pointed at our very independence, because I suspect there are enough of them ready to vote to turn the referendum against the Jewel.

    The PM must state his position on this injustice!

  10. ceo says:

    It would be hard to justify not allowing some Belizeans to vote. but what I would suggest is to allow all born Belizeans who is of voting age living outside of Belize to vote.

    They still have a vested interest in the country. Many recent Belizeans with no vested interest in the country will get to vote.

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