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Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2020. 1:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: December 9 is observed globally as International Anti-Corruption Day and the Belize P.E.A.C.E. (Patriots Engaged Against Corruption and Exploitation) Movement (BPM) marked the event by looking back at Belize’s journey to sign the United Nations Convention Against Corruption UNCAC.

On the occasion of the 17th observance of International Anti-Corruption Day, the BPM noted that Belize signed on to the UNCAC on December 9, 2016, following the historic 11-day strike lead by the Belize National Teacher’s Union in their “Stand up for Belize” campaign. The BPM noted, however, that the call for Belize to become a signatory to the UNCAC started years earlier. 

“A small group of Belizeans calling themselves Vision Inspired by the People (VIP) were following these UN developments closely as they closely monitored the rise of the ugly and destructive scourge of public sector corruption in Belize. In 2005, during months of deliberations, the VIP would produce a document it labeled as their ‘Direction’ in which it was the first to call on the Government of Belize to sign and adopt the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC),” the BPM said.

The BMP also noted that the VIP would continue to advocate for the signing, eventually scaling up their efforts to picketing and engaging the trade unions, churches, business community, and media to create a joint declaration calling on the government of Belize to sign UNCAC.  The BPM called on all Belizeans to stand united against corruption going forward and partner with government to ensure that the implementation of the UNCAC is fast tracked in Belize. 

“We are confident that with the eradication of Corruption, Belize will become a shining example of Best Governance and only then will we all enjoy the wealth untold so graciously bestowed upon us by our Creator,” the BPM added. 

 

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