Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020. 3:21 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Peace Movement has called out the Government of Belize (GOB) and Prime Minister Dean Barrow on the failure to report the progress on the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) which the government signed on to in 2016.
The BPM says that it wrote to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte on January 3rd, requesting an update, and shortly after hand-delivered a copy of the same; however, to date, they have neither been furnished with the updates or even received acknowledgment of their request.
“With this in mind and amid the many scandals regarding alleged corrupt acts by individuals in positions of authority, which are fast becoming a daily occurrence, the operative question remains, “Is the Barrow Administration serious about fighting corruption? Or are they simply paying baseless lip-service to the vital need for earnest, proactive measures to address this scourge?” The BPM said in a statement today.
In its letter to the Attorney General, the BPM said that the organization was interested in becoming actively involved in the National Self-Assessment process, via the Official Review Report and therefore requested an update on the process.
GOB signed on to the UNCAC following the national shutdown on schools by the Belize National Teacher’s Union in 2016, during the union’s Stand Up for Belize campaign.
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