The Criminal Code Amendment Bill (2) was expected to return for further reading at the last sitting of the House of Representatives; however it turns out that the drafts team is still polishing up the bill. In the meantime, discourse continues on what some perceive as a controversial pitch to Belize’s law books. Today,- the Belize Family Life Association has come out to pledge its support for the proposed changes – changes they say will allow for the equal protection of all women, men, girls and boys in Belize. BFLA avows:
“We have a strong stake in the discussion and process given our charge to uphold the dignity, equality, and sexual and reproductive rights of all persons. We continue to see the importance of the discussion and education on issues of sexual contact in our families, communities, and society.” BFLA maintains that the bill is in keeping with international agreements and declarations such as the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. During the Bill’s public consultation process, BFLA was one of several entities that submitted recommendations to the National Assembly based on its review of the proposed amendments”.