Evangelical Association outraged by US Embassy’s meddling in Belizean domestic issues

On Tuesday, we reported on statement issued by the US Embassy in Belize, in which the Ambassador called for the repeal of Belize’s Section 53 law. As we told you, retired U.S. judge Carlos Moreno, in June of this year, became the new US Ambassador to Belize.  In presenting his...

Report prompts changes to Criminal Justice System

Earlier this year, English barrister Joseph Middleton, a leading human rights attorney in the United Kingdom, visited Belize on behalf of the Death Penalty Project to review conditions at the Belize Central Prison at Hattieville, focusing specifically on persons facing death for...

18 year old charged with murder of Panamanian Diplomat

On Wednesday morning at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, Wilser Echeverria, an 18 year old resident of Salvapan Area, Belmopan, accused of killing Panamanian Diplomat Jose Rodrigo De La Rosa Standford on Sunday November 23rd, was charged for the murder of Charge De Affairs for...

Cruise ships turned away from Belize’s shores

Last week, Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) called attention to the plight of the local cruise ship tourism industry, warning that unless a cruise port is built soon Belize stands to lose all it has gained from encouraging cruise ship development. There was a...

BTB supports cruise tourism port

The Belize Tourism Board has gone on record to make clear its support for a cruise port of any kind to be built in Belize. Director of Cruise and Regional Operations for the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), Valdemar Andrade, told us that Wendesday’s incident underscores that...

Senate debates Petro Caribe Loan motion

On Wednesday, four loan motions along with the now controversial Petro Caribe loan motion made it to the Senate for approval, and of course there was much heated debate on both sides of the isle. On one hand, Senators opposing the Petro Caribe loan motion argued that the loan...

Four charged for assault of 11 year old girl

Four Belize City men, including two male minors, are being accused of gang raping an eleven year old schoolgirl, sometime last week. Police have rounded up 22 year old Wilfred Ramirez of Iguana Street,  as well as Kieran Willoughby, and two boys aged 14 and 17, and charged them...

City man pleads guilty to theft

Derrick Bain of Belize City pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a charge of theft, after 9 months on remand at the Central Prison. He was given credit for time served by Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith, but remains on remand on a separate charge of grievous harm. On October 22, 2013,...

Traffic charges withdrawn for 2013 accident

36 year old Eldon Hendy of Isabella Bank, Belize District, no longer faces charges of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention. The charges were withdrawn on his appearance on Wednesday, before...

COLA plans to release documents showing ministerial interference in police matters

Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) issued a press release on Wednesday  evening, claiming that it has come into possession of an extraordinary amount of files detailing critical issues affecting the morale, manpower, and operation of the Belize Police...

Economic statistics: more buying, less selling

On Wednesday the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) offered a last batch of statistics on economic and social services for 2014, up to October. The news is encouraging in most sectors but disappointing in others. We begin with the 3rd Quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP),...

Unemployment slightly up in labour force survey

The twice-yearly Labour Force Survey is out and unemployment is up slightly over the last measurement in April of 2014, but down from last September. Some 18,479 persons are unemployed – that is, of working age, looking for a job but unable to find one. There is also the...