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Sep 8, 2020

MLA Goes Back Before the CCJ to Provide Update

The Maya Leaders Alliance appeared before the Caribbean Court of Justice today in a protracted legal matter involving the Office of the Attorney General.  This most recent hearing was for both parties to provide an update on the implementation of the Consent Order which was entered into on April twenty-second, 2015.  As part of the Consent Order, the Government of Belize agreed to develop a system through the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission in which the land rights of indigenous Maya people would be recognized.   Pablo Mis and Cristina Coc appeared on behalf of M.L.A., as programme coordinator and spokesperson, respectively.  Lisel Alamilla is chair of the Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission, while government was represented by attorney Samantha Matute.


Pablo Mis, Program Coordinator, MLA

“Of course, once we are more clear on what the strategy will be, will then be in conversation with the commission.  I know that the joint technical committee that includes a representative of the commission, the advisor or the commission and a representative of the Maya people on that committee, they also have been having conversations on how best to move the projects forward, particularly the mapping and the legislative drafting consultations in the context of COVID.  We are hoping that very soon we will be able to provide more clarity on that.  This of course will mean that some of the activities that we anticipated would have been done quite rapidly, we’ll have to be a bit more flexible.  We have already hinted to the funding agency, the land tenure facility, that we anticipate the need for an extension to the project.  We are at the moment seeing an extension of at least six months to the project, but that does not at all stop us from trying to move ahead full force once the restrictions are lifted.”

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