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Human Rights Commission of Belize lashes out against police abuse

Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020. 4:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On Sunday Ulysease Roca was found dead inside his home in Willows Bank, Belize District.

Prior to passing away he had recorded his experience while on lockdown by members of the Belize Police Department.

He had indicated that he was physically assaulted, humiliated and mocked.

Today the Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB) issued a release signaling that it was, “deeply disturbed by the events that transpired in police detention.”

According to the HRCB, this has almost become a trend by elements tasked with protecting the individual and constitutional rights of others.

While highlighting the case of Roca, the HRCB also called for an investigation into the elderly Belmopan resident who was badly beaten by police for an alleged curfew violation.

The HRCB also reminded of the two persons, one of whom was mentally challenged, but was still forced by police to engage in sexual intercourse.

According to the HRCB, the officers found to be in contravention of their duties should be removed and the results of investigations surrounding them should be made public.

The HRCB says that the judiciary and attorneys visiting places of confinement should be brought back into effect.

The HRCB also commented on the measures implemented in light of the COVID-19 pandemic but noted that those measures must be executed in accordance with the laws and that the rights of citizens must not be eroded.

 

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