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Jan 10, 2013

COLA says going to ICJ is unconstitutional

Giovanni Brackett

Citizens Organized for Liberty Through Action (COLA), is calling on citizens to reject taking the Belize/Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  COLA says the decision to subject Belizeans to a one-sided decision and referendum should be considered unconstitutional. Geovanni Brackett, COLA’s President, says it attempts to circumvent the procedure established by our Constitution and laws.


Giovanni Brackett, President, COLA

“We believe that the special agreement or the compromis that was signed which proposes to settle the dispute by means of going to the ICJ, would qualify as such and required its own referendum. In other words Duane, we at COLA believes that the compromis in itself by our constitution—because it proposed a settlement to the Guatemala claim—should have been taken to the House of Representative so that the house could have debated the matter objectively, thoroughly. And then hence the people should have been given a chance through a referendum to vote whether or not we wanted to sign-on to the compromis. Instead what we had was the compromis already signed, a done deal, was brought to the House and just introduced as done. However, we were never given an opportunity to voice our opinion whether we supported signing the compromis or not. In addition to that, we never had a debate to understand what implications this would have. And so we at COLA believes this whole process of a referendum is a sham and it is fraud and in other words, defeats the whole purpose of trying to get the Belizean people to adhere objectively. We are getting criticized at COLA that we have already taken a position, but members at the commission have already taken a position as well. So what are you telling me? Who is being objective? It seems to be that either sides have already made up their decision. And so really there is no objectivity; there’s those that are pushing it down our throats that we should go to the ICJ. And so we at COLA, we don’t have nine million dollars like the government to spend on educational process, campaign. And so this is the way we are educating the public through these releases and to explain to the Belizean people how we understand it.”

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11 Responses for “COLA says going to ICJ is unconstitutional”

  1. Rod says:

    I agree totally.

  2. Storm says:

    GOB abhors objective, thorough, and public debate. What is the good of winning a majority if you cannot do as you please afterward with no accountability? To the victor go the spoils! That’s how our constitution has been implemented by UDP and PUP.

  3. Dan says:

    Ok..this is just idiotic. COLA are idiots

  4. lucas says:

    No ICJ. Punto

  5. R.I. says:

    ROD AND STORM ARE DIE HARD PUP”S even if a stick with at blue shirt runs for office they would see blue and vote for the stick!!!!

  6. Buju says:

    The message would have been more enticing if the messenger wasn’t so unappealing to the general public.
    As you see Giovanni Brackett, Moses Sulph, Hope Amadi, Yolanda Schakron, Fawda Henry among others that is a major turnoff and people won’t even consider the message!

    Think about it and tell me if i am wrong!

  7. melinda says:

    @ Buju you are absolutely right! People dont want to hear from any of the characters you mentioned since we all know they have personal agendas, plus they rub peopel the wrong way with their attitude. Plus now this bubu is talking about constitutional law? So he smarter than all the rest of attorneys who put this thing together? Maybe we should vote yes, and let Brackett be our attorney at the ICJ!! We would beat Guatemalan’s bottom easy!! Anyway, i am not suggesting we vote yes, but that we at least listen to the pros and cons of this whole issue. Give peace i chance, right Said? As to the Faada, why are the newmedia giving him airtime? He is also getting on our bloody nerves!!

  8. Storm says:

    I’m insulted, R.I., being called PUP. I’m neither PUP nor UDP. Both parties are corrupt to the core and to the top, and we need a new start. The object of the major parties is to control the national cookie jar and steal from it, which results in poverty for everyone but the people who play that filthy game.

    I favor a People Power revolution, a new constitution with a president elected by the people instead of by the majority party, and with checks and balances and separation of powers. I also favor holding all current and past public officials to account in front of popular tribunals, with harsh punishment for those who have stolen or taken bribes.

    Is that clear enough for you?

  9. Buju says:

    @ Melinda

    I like you level of thinking i think we need to express ourselves more to bring out points for people to think about!

    I am not sure i Storm is a PUP but Rod sure is…

    IF you would ask Rod why is it raining he would say because they UDP’s thief the snow lol
    He da wa pup mascot

  10. Guate says:

    If you think my peoples cross the artificial border to much now, wait for next ten years when my country have 20 million Guates, try stopping us then. good luck COLA.
    in my country Cola and Venado rum is the favorit drink. salud!

  11. Ram says:

    How come COLA has so many stupid people in it?

    There like the big U at the back of you toilet.

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