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Feb 7, 2020

Peace Movement Wants G.O.B. to Move Ahead with UNCAC

Paco Smith

The executive of the Belize Peace Movement wants the government to move ahead and to implement the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Today, one of its leading representatives, Paco Smith, said that after signing onto the Convention three years later, and one month after writing to inquire about its status, they and the country by extension, know little about it.

 

Paco Smith, Belize Peace Movement

“For many years those of us who have been involved in what is now the Belize Peace Movement have advocated for the government to sign on to it. As you know in December 2016, government signed on it, but our concern is since signing off, we have not—and when I say we, I am talking about the public in general—have not been made abreast as to the status, implementation and what steps are being taken. As a result, in January of this year, we wrote to the Attorney General seeking some clarification with regards to what progress has been made in terms of the implementation of the UNCAC. We also expressed our interest to become involved in the process that is inherent within the UNCAC itself. We are concerned now because it is over a month and we have not received any indication where that stand and they didn’t even say they received our correspondence. We know it’s been received because we sent it via email and also hand-delivered it to the ministry.”

 

The Belize Peace Movement joins the National Trade Union Congress of Belize which has also asked the government to move forward with implementing the Convention.


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