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Apr 8, 2014

Temperatures on the rise between SATIIM and U.S. Capital

Temperatures are on the rise between SATIIM and U.S. Capital. Last Thursday, the Mayan community, led by SATIIM’s Executive Director Greg Ch’oc, won another major legal victory in the Supreme Court, where Justice Michelle Arana reaffirmed their indigenous rights.  In the suit against the Government of Belize and U.S. Capital Energy, Justice Arana declared that the permission given to the oil company to proceed with exploratory work within the Sarstoon-Temash National Park, “breaches the legitimate expectation of the indigenous Maya people,” and flies in the face of government’s responsibility under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Ch’oc reports that despite the ruling, U.S. Capital attempted to call a meeting with indigenous leaders from various communities.  The purpose was to have the oil company’s attorney Michael Peyrefitte explain and interpret the judgment handed down by the upper court.  That attempt has prompted an immediate response from SATIIM. SATIIM says “this action by the company is a vile disrespect for indigenous communities,” and calls the move bullying.  In a release issued by the organization today, government is once again being urged to put in place legal mechanisms necessary to recognize and implement the rights affirmed to the Maya.  In a statement issued by Vision Inspired by the People today, the party says it supports the decision of the Supreme Court.  

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4 Responses for “Temperatures on the rise between SATIIM and U.S. Capital”

  1. Rod says:

    Ok the Mayan people are wrong in this instance and the lawyer is correct if money is not given to them then they do not want this and that but as long as they get paid then it’s ok with them instead of going after this company they should be going after the elligal Mayans who are stealing all our gold and all our natural resources go after them not this company that has helped the Mayan people out a lot do you understand my Mayan people go after the illigal Mayans who are stealing and destroying our forest.

  2. Carlos says:

    I have sit and listen to Greg say over and over agen he if fighting against destroying the land of the mayan and yet I have not heard him say anything about the Guatemalan cutting down the forest . I have not see or heard of any program sponsored by SATIM to helping the Mayan People. What jobs opportunities have he created for them so far? I hear him all the time say he talk on behalf of the mayan people and yet only see a few followers and the rest if the communities are not on the same page as him …. since you can afford it them I challange you bring the Media to Toledo and lets hear it from the people themself and see how they feel in stead of you going around saying how you think they feel. You can afford to take busses to Belize city I am sure you can afford to bring the media!! Let see of if it is really as you say it is!!!

  3. John Doe says:

    I would think they have every right to say something and fight for theirs… i mean, belizean can’t go and hunt or farm in the park to sustain their livelihood but here comes a company with large bucks and just rides into town with a lot of promises… True there are a lot of illegal sh** happening but again, people need to survive… not that i condone it but do you see yourself spending a week in the bushes and doing hard work? I would say if the Law enforcement officers meet them, shoot them… not too good to be nice nowadays…

  4. Rasman says:

    Rod you should do your part and go and stop them. Sound like you the kind that sit and look until you it is your turn to be f…. but there will be no one to help you as you sound like you can not help yourself.

    Carlos likewise, take the media to where you want to take them and stop the go on like a sisi. This si a free country. If you like what the happen do something about it. Kudos to those who stand and fight – thats my take.

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