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May 13, 2022

Minister Dolores on Nora Parham’s Execution, “A stain on our history”

The motion was brought before the house by Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, the Minister of Human Development and Indigenous People’s Affairs. Minister Dolores and a team consisting of various social and government partners have been working on the motion which will now be taken to the senate, and then the Belize Advisory Council. The Council will then make a recommendation to the Governor General. During her remarks, Minister Dolores said this move seeks to correct the injustice and stain on Belize’s history.


Dolores Balderamos-Garcia

Dolores Balderamos-Garcia, Minister of Human Development and Indigenous People’s Affairs

“Fifty nine years ago a grave injustice was done in the country of Belize. On the fifth of June 1963, Nora Parham was executed leaving eight children behind at the tender age of thirty six. Madam Speaker, we shake our heads in 2022, wondering how such a travesty could have occurred in our beloved country. Madam Speaker let us pause, and I don’t wish to go into all of the acts today, but let us pause today to say that that event needed to be corrected. As I said, nothing happen before ih time. This motion follows a motion earlier this year in which this national assembly, this House of Representatives unanimously passed a motion condemning domestic violence. We are not here today to debate the facts of what happened back in 1963, but we are here to shine a spotlight on the issue of domestic violence, and to correct in the way we can the injustice and stain on our history that event caused. We can go and read the transcripts, we can go back to the personal histories of everyone, but we must be sure and certain that in doing that we tell the real story of what occurred. I cannot say what evidence was presented at the time and the lack of defense of Nora Parham, but I can say let us do today what was not by sir Peter Stallard back in 1963.”

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