Posted: Friday, August 19th, 2016. 2:38 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) has indicated its support to the government of Belize for not appealing the section 53 ruling.
CVC said that Cabinet has a duty to regard and accept the court as the ‘Guardian of the Constitution of Belize’ and says the decision of the government not to appeal is “an important and bold step forward”.
The CVC is also quoted as saying, “It is especially noteworthy that Prime Minister Dean Barrow denounced violence, including hate speech, and called for Belizeans to treat each other with respect and dignity regardless of differences.”
The CVC goes on to say that the country’s latest move comes at a critical time in regards to the HIV response since the latest information shows that there has been a 9% increase in new HIV infections in the Caribbean. This information was release at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, last month.
The ruling is seen as a milestone achievement in Belize as, just like in regional and global platforms, the criminalization and stigmatization of minority groups have been a barrier to the HIV response.
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