Belize’s Ambassador to the O.A.S. speaks on behalf of G.O.B. on LGBT issue
Speaking on behalf of the Government of Belize was Belize’s Ambassador to the O.A.S., Nestor Mendez. In making his presentation, Ambassador Mendez quoted from P.M. Barrow’s 2013 Independence Speech in which he addressed the issue.
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Ambassador Nestor Mendez
“The Government of Belize appreciates the opportunity to present its views on the issues that have been raised. The Government of Belize is the party that is foremost interested in ensuring that all the human rights for all Belizeans are protected. I will now proceed Mr. President to read a submission that came to us from the Solicitor General’s office, I apologize that I did not send it to you earlier as was requested, but we just received it as I was driving in this morning. I will make sure that you get a copy of it at the conclusion of the proceedings. Belize has a constitutional democracy in which the constitution is the supreme law and it is the sovereign and democratic state in the Central America and the Caribbean region. It is a state that respects the fundamental rights of all Belizean nationals. This general principle was stated by the Honorable Prime Minister of Belize when he delivered his 2013 Independence Day speech and declared I quote, “Recently however a most unsettling phenomena has arisen, a version of the culture wars has come to our country and it is souring the harmony and disrupting the rhythm of Belizean life. The golden knot that ties us altogether is in danger of coming loose. Now I do not wish to give offense to anyone on Independence Day, so what I may say next is spoken not in anger or even in sorrow but merely by way of exhortation. The diversity that we have hymned for so long must not now prove to be an empty trope so much P.R. fluff it must past this latest test, In particular we cannot afford for Government and the churches to be at odds, the filigreed chain that links the two is a proud part of national ornamentation and it cannot be allowed to break….”
The special hearing was held on March twenty-eight in Washington, D.C.