Posted: Monday, July 1, 2019. 9:06 am CST.
By BBN Staff: June is celebrated by many as PRIDE month and as an opportunity for members of the LGBT community to celebrate their love.
Special Envoy for Women and Cchildren, Kim Simplis Barrow, issued a statement this morning expressing her concern about the safety and security of members in the LGBT community after the video went viral of a police officer choke holding a young man in Caye Caulker.
Barrow says that discrimination has no place in our communities, not in Belize!
“Violence of this kind has no place in our society. Belize does not accept in silence that citizens are victims of discrimination of any type and form. The person attacked should have been offered protection and support by the police, why didn’t this happen? Do we need to do a training sessions for our police officers on handling these situations? On how to address security for LGBT community?,” Barrow expressed.
In addition, Barrow questioned how officers who violate the rights of others are handled.
“Was a choke hold necessary? Is a slap to someone who poses NO THREAT at all warranted?,” Barrow questioned.
The Special Envoy says that education and training of police officers but also of social workers and teachers are a priority in order to eradicate hate crimes.
Barrow calls on Belize to foster a culture of inclusion, equality and respect to counter discrimination, violence and fear.
Barrow reiterated that Belize will grow and prosper as a country where all equal rights are respected.
“Let’s not stay silent and side with violence. Let’s speak up for unity and respect, let’s be there one for each other,” Barrow added.
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