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Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2018. 4:30 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  A group of Belizeans, under the name, the Peace Movement, intend to challenge the constitutionality of the 2008 Special Agreement known as the Compromis, signed between Belize and Guatemala but are looking for an attorney to pick up the cause.

“Belizeans, we cannot allow our elected leaders, those we entrusted to uphold this sacred law, to abuse the is law now to usurp this law,” Lopez said.

Peace Movement Chairman, Bobby Lopez, explained that the group has prepared papers to file a request for a judicial review for an order of certiorari to quash government’s decision to sign the Compromis. The group also seeks for the court to declare that the provision in the agreement for the ICJ to potentially alter Belize’s border is unconstitutional.

According to Lopez: “Only a two-thirds vote of the House can change and define boundaries of Belize…By virtue of the constitution 71 (1) and schedule 3 along with the constitution, the Foreign Minister is constitutionally bound to uphold the define boundaries. And the constitution provides the method to alter the boundaries of Belize is by a two-thirds majority vote of the House of Representatives only. So we say the special agreement is both illegal and procedurally improper in that it give the ICJ now, after referenda if we vote yes, the power to alter the boundaries of Belize when such power is vested only in the legislature of Belize.”

“Belizeans, we cannot allow our elected leaders, those we entrusted to uphold this sacred law, to abuse the is law now to usurp this law,” Lopez said. He added that the group is looking for an attorney to take up the cause but said if they could not find any willing to do so locally, they are prepared to retain an attorney from elsewhere.

 

 

 

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