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Belize to be reviewed by Civil and Political Rights Committee

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018. 3:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize is one of several countries, including Belarus, Bulgaria, Guinea and Sudan, being reviewed at the upcoming 124th session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee scheduled to take place in October in Geneva, Switzerland.

The committee, which is made up of independent experts appointed by the UN, will review the state reports of each country and make recommendations based on the findings in the reports.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights was adopted by the UN in 1966 and commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.

Belize has a relatively positive track record in human rights reports, though a U.S. State Department report from last year cited several instances of aggression against the media in recent years as well as allegations of corruption by ministers of government.

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