PRESS RELEASE | "BPP's Position On Governance Issues In Belize"
Belmopan | August 12th, 2016
"BPP's Position On Governance Issues In Belize"
In the wake of the Chief Justice’s decision regarding Section 53 of Belize’s Criminal Code, your Belize Progressive Party - BPP takes this opportunity to highlight the urgent need for the enactment and utilisation of appropriate governance tools to address a variety of pressing issues facing our society. In keeping with the best practises of Good Governance, the BPP views this as a watershed moment to underscore the fact that by placing in the hands of the judiciary matters that ultimately should be voted on and decided by the public, it serves only to limit society to the confines of a legal system that is undoubtedly subject to undue external influences and pressures, as well as other persuasive factors. As Belize’s ever-increasing stressors multiply concerning matters of: social justice, the preservation of moral standards & local cultural norms, as well as fundamental democratic principles, amid the unquestioned, blatant corruption and the accompanying undue pressures brought on by highly influential, outside forces that impinge upon our society at all levels, there are a number of additional social issues which stand to be resolved in a more suitable fashion. Your Belize Progressive Party therefore puts forth our position that the referenda mechanism is the best approach to address issues of such concern, for if we truly live in a “democratic” society, the notion of majority rule should be the standard, across the board. Given the considerable cost of holding a referendum, your Belize Progressive Party proposes that the following questions be placed on the upcoming Referendum:
Should Belize submit the Guatemalan claim to the ICJ?
Should section 53 of our criminal code be amended?
Should marijuana be legalized?
In a plural society, the prospects of being subject solely to the dictates of a compromised judiciary is unsettling, as we have seen through the implementation of such contemptuous initiatives as the holding of criminal trials without the benefit of a jury. The BPP sounds the alarm that if Belize is to truly move toward becoming a society which takes seriously the commitment to ensure that “democracy” prevails, it is imperative the referenda process is not only used, but maximised for optimal effect. It is only through such progressive action that the undesirable prospects of the larger Belizean society being made subject to the well-heeled agendas of a select few shall be minimized. If this is not achieved, then the ongoing debilitating failures of our presumed “democracy” shall persist.
8867 Today 8867 Tomorrow 8867 Forever Belize, Sovereign and Free - NO ICJ!
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