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Guats Sound Off on Belize’s I.C.J. Referendum

In less than a month, Belizeans will go to the polls to vote in the I.C.J. Referendum. For some, the vote is a straight yes or no, but many are [...]

Teachers Come Out in Masses for I.C.J. Forum

Thousands of teachers gathered today at the UB gymnasium in Belmopan to take part in an I.C.J. forum fully sponsored and organized by the Belize National Teachers’ Union. The four-hour [...]

Who is Funding Assad Shoman’s N.G.O.? Shoman Avoids Question

Many questions have been asked relating to Assad Shoman’s recently formed non-governmental organization. Citizens for the Defense of Sovereignty was formed less than three months ago and its primary objective [...]

Guatemala is Claiming ‘The Whole Sarstoon’

During the forum today, Ambassador Assad Shoman explained what steps will be followed if a YES vote is secured on April tenth. According to Shoman, Belize will exercise its rights [...]

What Happens if Belize Votes NO?

So what happens if there is a NO vote? Well according to Assad Shoman, there is no clear plan as to what steps will be taken. Shoman says he cannot [...]

Where is England in All of This? England is in England

One of the most repeated questions relating to Guatemala’s claim over Belize has to do with the historical role of England and future intervention. Some feel that Belize inherited the [...]

Opposition Leader on Legal Opinions

There are two recent legal opinions relating to the Guatemalan territorial dispute; one by international expert Stephen Vascannie, which has just been made public and the other is by attorneys [...]

A Closer Look at Professor Vasciannie’s Legal Opinion

Turning to the legal opinion provided by Professor Stephen Vasciannie, as commissioned by the Bar Association. The international law professor at the University of the West Indies has put forward [...]

Exploring the Weakness of Belize’s Argument in Territorial Dispute

Professor Vasciannie’s opinion also focuses on recent developments pertaining to the Sarstoon River and Sarstoon Island, arising from activities of the Guatemalan Armed Forces.  While he says that the GAF [...]

Dispute over George Price’s Likeness and the I.C.J. Referendum Campaign

Billboards of well-known Belizeans, including national heroes Phillip Goldson and most recently George Price, have sprung up across the country as the I.C.J. awareness campaign continues to be rolled out [...]

Who is Funding CDS?

Citizens for the Defense of Sovereignty is a newly formed organization headed by Ambassador Assad Shoman.  The N.G.O. works closely with government in the referendum campaign and supports a YES [...]

U.S. Embassy Separates Fact from Fiction on Venezuela

Today, the U.S. Embassy in Belize released a four-minute video message called “The Truth about Venezuela.”  Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges talks about what the U.S. sees as facts and fiction [...]

Referendum Survey Coincides with Public Awareness Campaign

A survey is being conducted simultaneously by the Referendum Unit, running parallel to the public awareness campaign.  According to Ambassador Alexis Rosado, the poll serves to ensure the satisfaction of [...]

Belize Council of Churches Says YES to the I.C.J.

The Belize Council of Churches has come out in favour of going to the International Court of Justice and is offering prayers for a settlement of the dispute. After carefully [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Members to Exercise Conscious Vote for April 10th Referendum

So while the churches are in the yes corner, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize says its membership is free to exercise a conscious vote.  The N.T.U.C.B. has been [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Prez Leaning to a NO Vote

But when it comes to his personal decision, Mora says he leaning toward a no. He’s been acquainting himself with past rulings by The Hague on similar cases of territorial [...]

Mapping the Guatemalan Claim: A News Five Flashback

Next Tuesday at eight p.m., Channel Five will be launching “Mapping the Guatemalan Claim: a News Five Flashback.”  The series will run through to the April tenth referendum and is [...]

Former CARICOM Leaders Say International Law Must be Respected

Former Prime Ministers of Caribbean community including Belize’s Said Musa have expressed concerns about maintaining the Caribbean as a peace zone. Musa along with Jamaica’s P.J. Patterson, Barbados’ Owen Arthur, [...]

ICJ Referendum Will Not Be Delayed, Says PM Barrow

The People’s United Party along with several other political and activist groups has been calling on the government to delay the April tenth I.C.J. referendum. There are numerous complaints from [...]

PM Praises Joint Legal Opinion, But Says It’s ‘Unpersuadable’

Attorneys Anthony Sylvestre, Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, and Kareem Musa say the 2008 Special Agreement is invalid. The trio of lawyers published a thirty-eight-page Joint Legal Opinion that calls into question [...]

Lisa Shoman says Special Agreement is Indeed Legal

A thirty-eight page document presented as a Joint Legal Opinion on the legitimacy of the Special Agreement signed between Belize and Guatemala in 2008 has been put forward by a [...]

Is the Joint Legal Opinion Flawed?

According to Senior Counsel Shoman, the 1859 Treaty serves as somewhat of a default setting and says that the argument in the Joint Legal Opinion is premature and flawed.   [...]

“An Academic Argument” says Lisa on I.C.J. Referendum Not Being Binding

Despite its imminence, there are those who argue that the I.C.J. referendum is not binding and it’s merely a consultative process.  One of the final cases heard before the Privy [...]

2008 Special Agreement Between Belize and Guatemala ‘Invalid’

Ten years ago, on December eighth, 2008 the Foreign Ministers of Belize and Guatemala signed, at OAS headquarters, the Special Agreement between Guatemala and Belize to submit the territorial, insular [...]

Special Agreement Needs 2/3 Parliamentary Approval

According to Attorney Anthony Sylvestre, since the Special Agreement commits Belize to hold a referendum with the intention to settle the dispute at the I.C.J. which will rule on Belize’s [...]