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Anti-Discrimination Steering Committee meets with Evangelical association to discuss Equal Opportunities Bill

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Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2020. 11:42 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, the Anti-Discrimination Steering Committee met with Pastor Scott Stirm, Pastor Lance Lewis, and Pastor Louis Wade of the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB).

During the meeting, the NEAB Representatives were provided with an overview of the Equal Opportunities Bill, including on how the legislation operates in relation to people of faith.

“The Pastors expressed specific concerns about the Bill and engaged in constructive dialogue, which will continue. Clarifications were provided around how the legislation accommodates exceptions for religious organisations so as to ensure that freedom of expression and freedom of religion are respected,” a statement from the steering committee noted.

The organizations championing the Equal Opportunities Bill, namely the National AIDS Commission (NAC), the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, Poverty Alleviation and the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children, thanks the NEAB representatives for accepting their request to meet and for engaging with the panel, composed of Enrique Romero (Executive Director of the NAC), Dwight Arnold (Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the NAC), and Attorney Rashad Brathwaite (independent consultant and legal drafter).

The committee says that the goal of this legislation is to improve the life of all Belizeans.

The steering committee believes that the bill will create a fairer society with improved public services, where businesses and everyday citizens can thrive.

The committee encourage all Belizeans to make their voices heard.

Submissions and requests for information or for a meeting with the technical team can be made to the National AIDS Commission

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