By BBN Staff: Former parliamentarian, diplomat and current attorney Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman has been the target of an unprecedented spew of online violence and injurious speech which she has reported to authorities.
As a contributor to, and valued friend of, Breaking Belize News (BBN), we condemn and disdain without reservation the unnecessary, pointless and harmful speech, including threats of death and violence being directed at Ms. Shoman.
We are aware that society is at boiling point concerning the ongoing debate over settling the unfounded Guatemalan claim at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the referendum now due in eight days.
At the Supreme Court, Ms. Shoman represents the Prime Minister and others against a bid to halt the referendum over the validity of the Special Agreement signed in 2008.
While some may disagree with her contentions – and have every right to do so – the language and gestures being directed at Ms. Shoman are no reflection of who we are as a country, if our country is one that respects and defends the right to be able to speak freely without fear or favor.
On many occasions, Ms. Shoman has sworn to uphold and bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution and people of Belize, and that makes her entitled as any Belizean to stand for any cause she so wishes.
BBN joins the Social Partner senators and all other concerned Belizeans in urging authorities to investigate all instances of harassment and intimidation and arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
We further ask all Belizeans in these remaining days before the referendum to discuss this and other matters with civility, patience, and tolerance.