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Caleb Orozco Warns Churches Over Morality

The protagonist at the center of the UNIBAM Challenge is gay rights activist Caleb Orozco.  Over the years, he has been the subject of scorn and disdain, as much as [...]

Department of Human Services to Take Custody of Sodomy Victim

As we reported on Tuesday, an eleven-year-old boy from Santa Elena Town, Cayo District was allegedly sodomized by his sixteen-year-old brother as he slept in his room early Friday morning.  [...]

The Safety of the Child Remains Paramount

We asked C.E.O. Alpuche whether their role has been simplified in handling cases under the now-amended Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code. She told us that their role remains much [...]

Will A Referendum Be Held on Supreme Court’s Section 53 Decision?

A decision on the constitutional challenge brought before the Supreme Court by Belizean gay rights activist Caleb Orozco, on the legality of Section Fifty-three of the Criminal Code, was delivered [...]

P.U.P. Senator Applauds Section 53 Decision As “Significant Victory”

It’s been several months since a Senate Meeting has been held, despite several incidents of national importance; including, the B.T.L. Arbitration Award, the state of the economy, surging crime and [...]

Churches’ Senator Disagrees: “What About The Children?”

But one social partner that does not support the ruling is the Council of Churches. Senator Ashley Rocke says that the concern is how the amendment to the law will [...]

Caleb Orozco Says Basic Healthcare Rights for LGBT are Often Denied

Access to healthcare has long been an issue for members of the LGBT community.  According to Orozco, they have been shut off from respective medical institutions simply because they are [...]

Is Gay Rights Activist Concerned About Personal Safety After Landmark Ruling?

Is gay rights activist Caleb Orozco any safer after Wednesday’s breakthrough decision?  The question of his personal safety has always been an issue ever since choosing the pioneering role of [...]

Participants Successfully Complete CASSA Program

Creating a Safe Space Agenda is an initiative that was being implemented by the YWCA and involved children and young adults from Belize City and Belmopan participating in various programs.  [...]

Chester Versus Sociologists in a Battle Over Gang Intervention Methods

The unremitting spate of crime and violence among rival groups is a social phenomenon which continues to grip Belize City.  The problem has been observed keenly from the perspective of [...]

Would Social Scientists Work with Police Department to Tackle Gang Violence?

According to ACP Williams, despite a fundamental difference in philosophy, he is still open to working with the team of social scientists.   ACP Chester Williams, O.C., Eastern Division South [...]

A Rainbow Flag Flies Over U.S. Embassy in Belmopan

An event took place in Belmopan today that is causing chatter and drawing controversy in some quarters. The Rainbow Flag, which is the recognized symbol of gay pride, was hoisted [...]

Evangelical Church Reacts to Observation of Gay Pride Month

While members of the church did not gather en masse at the gates of the U.S. Embassy this morning, the leadership of the National Evangelical Association of Belize was present [...]

But Briceño’s Take on LGBT Issues?

The Rainbow Flag has been hoisted at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan and responses have been flooding in. Members of the LGBT community and supporters claim that it is a [...]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

The abuse of elderly persons in many forms is not rare; in fact it is common, but not often reported. On the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the [...]

Teachers Rally Against Sarstoon Law

Teachers descended on the Old Capital today for a protest march against one of the most controversial and unpopular laws to be put in effect. The march started from the [...]

Commonwealth Secretary General Meets the Belizean Press

Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, held a brief session with the media this afternoon where questions pertaining to her visit to Belize were fielded.  Baroness Scotland is [...]

…Baroness Patricia Scotland Talks OAS and Belize and Guatemala Issues

During her stay, the Secretary General will also be visiting the Office of the O.A.S. in the Adjacency Zone, where she will be received by the Chief of the O.A.S. [...]

Health Workers and Law Enforcement Officers Complete Six-month Training

Health workers as well as law enforcement officers have completed a six-month course on treatment, rehabilitation as well as on reduction of drug consumption among users. Among young people, there [...]

Boots and His Ministry Support Belize City Curfew

The issue of imposing a nine o’clock curfew for anyone below the age of eighteen years has gained traction in all corners, including the Ministry of Human Development and Social [...]

A Look at All Sides of the Curfew Debate

The curfew for minors is a topic that is being hotly debated across the land. ACP Chester Williams believes that it is the answer to keeping minors away from urban [...]

Curfew Working After 2 Weeks, Says ACP Chester Williams

The curfew in Belize City has been in effect for more than two weeks now. The concept is that any youth under eighteen years of age, not accompanied by an [...]

Williams Says Curfew Doesn’t Punish Youth – It Protects Them

ACP Williams claims that one criticism also leveled at the initiative is that it punishes children for the deficiencies of their parents. He counters that by claiming that it not [...]

Human Development Ministry Has Concerns about Curfew

The implementation of a curfew on unaccompanied minors after nine p.m. by Eastern Division South Regional Commander Chester Williams has stirred a firestorm. ACP Williams announced several weeks ago that [...]

‘Boots’ Martinez Supports Curfew, But Says More Must Be Done

Minister Anthony “Boots” Martinez, however, says that he supports the initiative. But that a curfew imposed on children won’t address the issue of minors being recruited to commit violent crimes. [...]