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‘No ICJ Coalition’ expanding its membership

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2018. 5:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Two more organizations have decided to support the ‘No ICJ Movement Coalition’, which is a collection of community organizations in Belize and within the diaspora.

The latest two additions are the Belize People’s Front Movement, based in Cayo and led by activist Nefreteri Nancy Marin; and the United Garifuna Association Inc. of New York, which is vice-chaired by Belizean scholar and writer, Wellington Ramos.

Both Marin and Ramos sent letters of endorsement to the coalition’s national coordinator, Derek Aikman, just weeks before the coalition’s official “No ICJ” campaign is scheduled to launch in Belize city.

The UGA additionally supports the cause of having Belizeans in the diaspora being allowed to participate in the ongoing voter re-registration exercise, from which they are currently banned because of a two-month residency requirement.

The No ICJ campaign is set to launch on Friday, July 27, with a rally and concert inside the Battlefield Park. The coalition decided to launch the campaign in response to the Government of Belize’s decision to hold the ICJ education campaign with the stated intention of trying to secure a “yes” vote from Belizeans.

Other entities such as the Belize Progressive Party have condemned the government’s position, saying that for the process to be truly democratic, GOB must present all the facts in an impartial and unbiased manner.

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