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Belize: SATIIM's Oil Summit 

On Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th March the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management held a district summit. It was a huge success with an excellent turn out from indigenous and local community leaders across the district, as well as representatives from numerous local and national organizations. The decision was made to make a united stand and a People's Position Statement was collaboratively written...

MRG Podcast: November 2011 

Welcome to MRG’s November 2011 podcast. This month we hear how Europe’s new member states could play a more significant role in alleviating global poverty, learn about perceptions of identity in the Dominican Republic and listen to some blues music from one of the last living paranda artists in Belize....

Belize: EIA 'consultation' neither free nor fair 

The sole public consultation to discuss the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for US Capital Energy´s proposal to drill in Belize's Sarstoon-­TemashNational Park did not allow for a full and proper venting of community concerns, nor did it facilitate responses to critical questions impacting the indigenouscommunities.Click on the link below to download a press release from SATIIM, MLA, TAA and communities of the Sarstoon Temash...

Belize: Maya People Return to Supreme Court for Protection 

Press Release Punta Gorda, Toledo District, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association are once again turning to the courts to hold the government of Belize to its responsibilities and to find the government in contempt of orders issued by the Supreme Court in the Maya Land Rights cases of 2007 and 2010.In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the Maya villages...

Belize: The "bitter sweet" ruling of the Court of Appeal 

On Thursday, 25th of July 2013, The Court of Appeal in Belize met and gave its final judgement on the appeal of the 2010 Supreme Court case on Maya land rights in Belize.In a Landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Belize on June 28th, 2010, Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh reaffirmed the customary land rights of 38 Maya communities in southern...

Belize: Photo story - Oil drilling on Maya and Garifuna land 

Toledo, Belize, is the ancestral homeland of indigenous Maya people and Afro-descendant Garifuna people.  Under human rights law, the government of Belize must recognize and protect the rights of Maya and Garifuna peoples to their traditional land.But without consulting Maya or Garifuna, the government has opened Toledo to oil drilling by USCapital Energy Belize, Ltd.  The government has ignored decisions by domestic and international...

Belize: US Capital Energy and Government of Belize Taunt Supreme Court SATIIM file for Injunction 

Punta Gorda March 18th, 2014: On October 23rd, 2013, arguments ended in the case between SATIIM and the indigenous communities, and the Government of Belize. Justice Arana reserved judgment. One would expect that a law-abiding and socially responsible company would suspend its activities out of respect for the Belizean justice system until a judgement was delivered. Not so with US Capital Energy. In fact, they...

Belize: Government undermines Maya traditional leaders 

Discriminatory acts against the Maya People are carried out by Belize’s Government since 1953, resulting in the violation of international norms since 2015.Despite the historical practice of the Maya people appointing Alcaldes as governing authorities, and the agreement made by Belize’s government to recognize them as judicial officers through the Alcalde Act of 1858; the government has failed in its commitment with 78 Alcaldes...



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