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SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS | Citizenship in Belize

June 1, 2017

 

Recommendation 23: Citizenship Before Independence Day

 

The Commission recommends that section 23(5) remain as presently stated in the Constitution.

 

Recommendation 24: Economic Citizenship

 

The Commission recommends that:

 

(a) Section 26(1)c of Chapter III of the Constitution be deleted completely to disallow the granting of citizenship to persons "making a substantial contribution to the economy and/or well-being of Belize or who has rendered distinguished service to Belize."

 

(b) Any law or policy related to economic citizenship be rescinded or amended to reflect (a),

 

(c) That a visa process be used to facilitate the movement and work of genuine investors.

 

Recommendation 25: Deprivation of Citizenship

 

The Commission recommends that section 28(b) of the Constitution be amended to read: "depriving any person who acquired citizenship by registration of such citizenship of Belize."

 

Recommendation 26: Persons Born on Belizean Registered Vessels

 

The Commission recommends that a proviso be added to section 29(1) of the Constitution to read as follows:

 

"Notwithstanding the provision of section 29(1) of this Chapter and subject to Section 25, a person born aboard a ship or aircraft with Belizean registration will not be deemed to have been born in Belize."

 

Recommendation 27: Entitlement for Persons Born Outside Belize

 

The Commission recommends that the word "not" in line #3 of section 29 (4) of the Constitution be removed.

 

Recommendation 28: Language and Civic Knowledge as Requirements

 

The majority of the Commission recommends that:

 

(a) The Belizean Nationality Act be amended to make a basic knowledge of the official language(s) of Belize a requirement for the grant of Belizean citizenship by registration to persons who are at the age of understanding;

 

(b) The Belizean Nationality Act be so amended to make a basic level of civic knowledge about Belize a requirement for the grant of Belizean citizenship by registration to persons who are at the age of understanding;

 

(c) A combined simple test be developed to fulfill the requirements of (a) and (b) above;

 

(d) All names of persons obtaining citizenship by registration be published in the Government Gazette on a timely basis.

 

Recommendation 29: Mandatory Military Service

 

The majority of the Commission does not recommend that citizens of Belize of a certain age be constitutionally required to give a period of mandatory service in the Belize Defense Force.

 

Recommendation 30: Dual Citizenship and Election to the House:

 

The majority of the Commission does not recommend a constitutional amendment that would require persons with dual citizenship to renounce citizenship to other countries before seeking election to the House of Representatives.

The Belize Progressive Party highly recommend that you read this 17 year old report. The PUDP has done and will do absolutely nothing to fix a broken, decrepit system that benefits them.

 

Click to read report: 

FINAL REPORT OF THE POLITICAL REFORM COMMISSION - JANUARY 2000 -

 

YOU ARE BETTER. YOU DESERVE BETTER. DEMAND BETTER

 

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