Archive for May, 2011

Belize signs UN Convention

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

On May 9, 2011, Belize became the 148th signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

By signing the convention, Belize joined the global commitment to further promote, protect and ensure the equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities who are a vulnerable group in any society.

Upon signing, Mrs. Simplis Barrow stated, “I believe that all Belizeans should be proud of this moment. It is a great step forward, particularly in the interest of our children with disabilities.”

The signed document makes a point on thinking about disability as a social welfare concern to a human rights issue.

Belize promises tougher legislation to fight crime

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Prime Minister Dean Barrow has recently announced that his administration will introduce tougher legislation aimed to deal with crime at next Friday’s sitting of Parliament.

This announcement came after a grenade was thrown at a group of people in the old capital of St Martin on May 4. Luckily, it did not explode.

Police were continuing their search for suspects and Barrow told reporters that he was thankful that the devise, which landed in front of a group of women and children, did not explode.

Barrow said that the government is committed to provide to the GSU (Gang Suppression Unit) everything it needs to protect the public from criminals.