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Jul 1, 2022

Belize’s Parliamentarians Recognize Parliamentarism Day

The International Day of Parliamentarism presented an opportunity for Belize’s parliamentarians to assemble for a master class on human rights. In collaboration with the United Nations Country Office, fifteen parliamentarians attended lectures on Belize’s normative and legislative human rights commitments, human rights and the principles of leaving no one behind,  and the human rights based approach to social protection. This all happened at the University of Belize’s Jaguar Auditorium in Belmopan on Thursday. Here is a brief look at that event.

 

Birgit Gerstenberg

Birgit Gerstenberg, Resident Coordinator, United Nations Belize

“The International Day of Parliamentarism is a time to review the progress that parliaments have made in achieving some key goals to be more representative and more moved with the times, including carrying out self assessments, working to include more women, more young members of parliaments, and adapting to new technologies. So, among all these challenges, I think one that always stands is to ensure participation.”

 

Henry Charles Usher

Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service

“All human beings are entitles to their human rights, without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, ethnicity, age, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, disability, property, birth, or other status as explained by the Human Rights Treaty bodies. Those fundamental rights which enjoy protection are protection of right to live from inhumane treatment, slavery and forced labor, from arbitrary search and entry, personal liberty, protection of the law, protection of the rights to freedom of movement, conscience, discrimination, expression, freedom of assembly, and association, the right to privacy, the right to work, protection from deprivation of property, and protection of the law. The rights and freedom we have set out in our social contract are those universally recognized by the United Nations and by democracies worldwide.”

 

Moses “Shyne” Barrow

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“It makes it even more alarming that when the Prime Minister was in Los Angeles, unlike me who was strengthening relations with our friends in the U.S., he was insulting the Americans for people who don’t respect human rights. I have been here since this morning and they have gone through all the benefits of human rights and protecting people’s dignity and people’s right to participate in voting, all of these things and it can’t just sound good. We can’t just come to a workshop and then go off on our way not remembering the people that have the benefit we have where you could come and ask me a million questions and hold me to account in front of the cameras, and do the same with the Prime Minister. We enjoy freedoms that others don’t enjoy in every nation. So, it was very important for me to be here today.”

 


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