Belize

Belize: opposition party denied permit for protest against rising cost of living

In August 2022, the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) announced they would go ahead with a protest which was twice denied an official permit by the police department. Read more

Belize: opposition party denied permit for protest against rising cost of living

Belize: British royal family’s visit sparks protests and counter-protests

A small group of Indian Creek residents in a Maya village in the Toledo district protested on 18th March 2022 over a visit by Britain’s Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. The couple was scheduled to visit the Akte‘il Ha cacao farm in Indian Creek as part of a Caribbean tour. Read more

Belize: British royal family’s visit sparks protests and counter-protests

Belize: Libel and Defamation Act to be repealed and replaced with new legislation

On 20th January 2021, Belize’s Cabinet gave its approval for the introduction of legislation for the repeal and replacement of the Libel and Defamation Act. According to an analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), there are a series of concerning aspects to Belize’s laws on libel and defamation – which are criminal offences in the country. Read more

Belize: Libel and Defamation Act to be repealed and replaced with new legislation

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

On 14th July 2021, 14-year-old Laddie Gillett was shot and killed by a police corporal in the beach town Placencia Village, Stann Creek District. According to news reports, the young boy and a friend were running on the beach trying to beat the curfew when they were pursued by police officers. The incident has sparked outrage, leading to protests for justice and a campaign for police reform. Read more

Belize: protesters demand justice for teenager killed by police

Belize: police officers prevent Love News from covering a protest and arrest reporter

On 7th May 2021, police officers arrested and assaulted Love News reporter Vejea Alvarez as he and a news team tried to cover a nurses’ protest at a hospital in Orange Walk Town. Read more

Belize: police officers prevent Love News from covering a protest and arrest reporter

Two police officers fined after speaking out about discrimination in Belize’s law enforcement

In January 2021, the Supreme Court of Belize ruled in favour of two police officers who faced disciplinary charges for refusing to remove their dreadlocks. Read more

Two police officers fined after speaking out about discrimination in Belize’s law enforcement

Repression of peaceful protest in the Port of Belize Limited (PBL)

On 22nd July 2020, several people were injured when police repressed a peaceful protest at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) in Belize City. Read more

Repression of peaceful protest in the Port of Belize Limited (PBL)

Belize ranked 53 out of 180 in Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom index

On 30th March 2020, Belize prime minister Dean Barrow declared a national state of emergency for 30 days on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The country adopted some restrictions on freedom of movement, including a curfew and constraints on non-essential activities. Read more

Belize ranked 53 out of 180 in Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom index

University of Belize students stage walk-out to participate in anti-corruption rally

On 20th February 2020, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) organised an anti-corruption rally which was joined by several of the country’s unions. Members of the National Student Union of Belize (NSUB) had voted to join the demonstration, but the University of Belize published a press release stating that classes were maintained despite a decision by the Ministry of Education to cancel classes in government and government-aided schools. Read more

University of Belize students stage walk-out to participate in anti-corruption rally

Belizean referendum on territorial dispute with Guatemala generates protests

A referendum on whether Belize's long-standing territorial dispute with Guatemala should be taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) became a divisive issue in the country. Generating both support and opposition demonstrations, the referendum initially scheduled to take place on April 10th 2019 was postponed after opposition People's United Party (PUP) filed an injunction questioning its constitutionality. Read more

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Belizean referendum on territorial dispute with Guatemala generates protests