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Aug 15, 2022

Calls for Justice in Derrick Uh’s Death

Derrick Uh

There has been a resounding call for justice following the death of Derrick Uh. Releases have been pouring in from all angles. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister says that it is a tragedy beyond comprehension; PM Briceño, a father of three, says that he stands with the rest of the nation in demanding full and complete answers. He assures the Uh family that “No stones will be left unturned in the investigation of events leading to his death.” While offering its deepest sympathies to the family of Derrick Uh, the Opposition says that the incident was a senseless, avoidable tragedy at the hands of the state because Uh was deprived of his basic human rights. The U.D.P. also calls for a thorough investigation to hold those culpable of Derrick Uh’s death accountable and prosecute them to the full extent of the law. Here’s U.D.P. Chairman Mike Peyrefitte.


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, U.D.P.

“What happened, we don’t know; we have to investigate. But at the very least, at the very least, whoever put that person in that van, they are to face the fullest extent of the law. I’m telling you that is unacceptable and that inexcusable and hopefully, this will be a tipping point for the prime minister to realise that Kareem Musa and Chester Williams and Kevin Arthurs are not going to cut it as the leaders of the police department. It is not going to happen. It is only getting worse and worse and worse. We shouldn’t dwell in scepticism. We all have to believe that there are good people within the police department who will do a proper investigation, but they have to be allowed to do that investigation. They have to be allowed to be independent. It cannot be that you are trying to do an investigation; you’re bringing a police man from one place and then you get a call say release dah man because you have decided his innocence or guilt. I mean you have to allow people to do their jobs and carry out their duties. If it is done properly, then the public will not be sceptical.”



The Young Leaders Alliance of Belize also issued a release today, calling not only for an investigation, but swift justice on the death of Uh. YLAB (Y-lab) says it “vehemently condemns the gross negligence of the Belize Police Department in their failure to properly execute their duty of care and power to properly arrest Cristo Rey resident Derrick Uh, which led to his life being tragically lost.” The release goes on to say that it recognises the undoubtedly cruel and unconscionable act as nothing less than manslaughter by negligence. 


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