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National Trade Union Congress: Things must be done differently to address crime in Belize

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2019. 12:31 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) says that things must be done differently to address crime in Belize.

In a release issued yesterday evening, it proposes a second Crime Control Commission represented by all stakeholders, and another look at the Harold Crooks and Herbert Gayle reports issued a few years ago, the first on Police performance, the second on male urban violence in Belize and its causes.

The Congress says recent violent crime, including murder, “are manifestations of an inequitable economy that has poor social protections in place. Corruption has eaten away at the moral fiber of Belize, making crime and violence the unfortunate reality for many in the Belizean population.”

The unionists also call on authorities to take advantage of outside help, and the various law enforcement authorities to be even more “more meticulous and robust approach in discharging their duties and responsibilities. Belize is at a point where to achieve different outcomes, things must be done differently,” and offers its own assistance to do so.

The first Commission was a Commission of Inquiry set up by then-Prime Minister George Price in August of 1991. It was chaired by then-Government Minister Glenn D. Godfrey. Other panelists included the late Michael Young, the late K.B. Smith, Belizario Carballo, Darrell Carter, Charles B. Hyde Sr., future House Speaker and Minister Sylvia Flores, and senior police officers Bernard Bevans and Yolanda Murray.

And speaking of Commissions of Inquiry, at last report in January of 2018 the Prime Minister was waiting on the NTUCB to deliver the terms of reference for an inquiry into the UHS scandal, so it may be time for some quid pro quo.

 

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