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Patrick Menzies and Church Leaders Back in Belmopan for Protest

This morning, the Hispanic arm of the Evangelical Church, led by Patrick Menzies, was back on Independence Hill where they marched against government’s decision not to appeal the Supreme Court [...]

Results of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey a Mixed Bag

Findings of a survey called the Belize Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey Five were released today. The survey was held to identify key indicators to formulate policies and programs and to [...]

The Sound and the Fury: Belizeans Rally Against LGBT and Corruption

While the House debated, outside in the Belmopan sun, a selection of the population railed and called on the Prime Minister and his government to defend the nation from social [...]

In House, Prime Minister Asks Churches to Meet Attorney General

The recent controversial Section Fifty-three ruling is the primary reason why almost two thousand protestors from across the country descended on Independence Hill today.  Acknowledging the presence of the demonstrators [...]

Louis Wade Claims Government Caved in to UNIBAM in 2008

During today’s protest on Independence Hill, organizer of the “I Want My Country Back Movement,” Pastor Louis Wade, discussed with News Five his belief that the events of August tenth [...]

COLA’s Geovannie Brackett Claims Support of Utilities’ Unions

At the end of our story on the protest in Belmopan, you heard COLA president Geovannie Brackett mention the silent trade union movement, but after, he told News Five that [...]

No Turning Back On Section 53, Says P.M. As He Goes After Teachers’ Union

In spite of the protest that took place on Tuesday while he was out of the country, and the one he faces when he goes to the House on Friday, [...]

COLA, Evangelicals Back to Belmopan on Friday

Another round of protest has been scheduled for Friday in Belmopan where COLA and the Evangelical churches are set to demonstrate in front of the Assembly Building.  Organizers have secured [...]

U.S. Ambassador Backs Section 53 Decision; Glad It Wasn’t Appealed

Ambassador Moreno also had thumbs up for the Government’s decision not to appeal the judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin on August tenth regarding consenting sexual acts in private between [...]

Teachers’ Union Asks for “Ventilation” of Section 53 Issues

While the U.S. Ambassador is applauding the recent ruling on Section Fifty-three; the Belize National Teachers Union is taking a different view. The teachers of the most militant union recall [...]

Utilities’ Union Warn of Threat to Way of Belizean Life

Others have also weighed in on the Chief Justice’s judgment. The unions representing the workers of the three major utilities in Belize say that the recent judgment, and the Government’s [...]

Christian Pastors Protest Section 53 Change on Independence Hill

Independence Hill on Belmopan felt the wrath and fury of the evangelical movement this morning. About a thousand strong, protesters from all over the country came out against the recent [...]

COLA: “Government Has Washed its Hands like Pontius Pilate”

Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, shares the same position that the Church has taken where it concerns the preservation of Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code.  While the [...]

COLA President Demands That Maya People Be Respected Too

Interestingly, Brackett makes the comparison that government has moved with haste to state that it will not appeal the Section Fifty-three judgment, while it has gone to great pains in [...]

1000 Marched; But Was Anybody Listening?

There was no weekly Cabinet meeting today since Prime Minister Barrow is presently out of the country.  In fact, all was quiet on Independence Hill this morning, save for a [...]

Dr. Herbert Gayle Trains Frontline Workers in Fighting Violence

Anthropologist Doctor Herbert Gayle is currently in the country. Along with a team, he is providing training to youths to equip them with the skills to effectively fight and reduce [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Has Section 53 Decision as Agenda Item for Upcoming Union Meeting

Religious leaders from across the country, particularly those who are members of the National Evangelical Association of Belize, are planning to descend on Belmopan on Tuesday to protest the controversial [...]

Mental Health Association Welcomes Section 53 Decision

The recent ruling on Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code is getting support from the Mental Health Association. The MHA says it applauds the Chief Justice’s recent ruling which is [...]

U.S. Ambassador: Section 53 Ruling is “Victory for All Belizeans”

Earlier this week, the Government of Belize announced that it will not be appealing Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin’s decision that Section Fifty-Three of the Criminal Code was unconstitutional. The landmark [...]

Carlos Moreno Calls for Ventilation of Decision in Local Forum

According to Ambassador Moreno, the decision sets a precedent that is being observed by Caribbean and Latin America.  The legal system and the people of Belize, Moreno says, should be [...]

Ambassador Moreno Advises Churches to Seek Permission to Appeal

Today, a closed meeting among church leaders with an attorney took place to discuss the way forward and a possible appeal of the decision by the Chief Justice that decriminalized [...]

V.I.P. Maintains Support for Section 53 Despite Court Decision

The political party Vision Inspired by the People says it stands in full support of Section Fifty-three of Belize’s Criminal Code and still wants the Government of Belize to appeal [...]

P.M. Barrow: Government Did Not Change Section 53

Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code, its interpretation, as well as the ramifications of the newly modified piece of legislation, remains a trending topic in public discourse.  Chief Justice Kenneth [...]

B.P.P.: Belize Will Not Look “Soft” on Gay Rights Issue

While members of the clergy have opined on government’s stance on appealing the Supreme Court ruling, the respective political organizations are yet to fully weigh in on the matter.  So, [...]

B.P.P. Leader Says Homosexuality is a Life Choice, Not a Human Rights Issue

During a press conference on the Section Fifty-three decision on Wednesday, PM Barrow flatly refused to answer a question concerning his personal stance on LGBT issues, claiming that it was [...]