Skip to main content arrow-down arrow-tail-right arrow-triangle-right calendar camera compass download email eye facebook flag mail phone pin play send square-right tag twitter youtube badge message

Press Release: Belize - Government Withdraws Bill to Eliminate Constitutional Challenges to Death Penalty - Ongoing Concern Regarding New Proposed Amendments

  • News
  • 28 Jul 2011

The Government of Belize has announced the withdrawal of the 8th Constitution Amendment Bill, which proposed amendments to Section 7 of the Constitution prohibiting torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The decision occurred in the immediate aftermath of news of the submissions made to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by the Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB) and the Death Penalty Project.

The Government has now introduced a 9th Constitution Amendment Bill, proposing amendments to Section 2 of the Constitution, the Supremacy of the Constitution, and Section 69 of the Constitution, detailing provisions for altering the Constitution. These amendments would have the effect of barring “any challenge in any court of law on any ground whatsoever” to all future amendments to the Constitution by Parliament. If a Bill similar to the now withdrawn 8th Amendment Bill were proposed in the future, its passage could be guaranteed, as there would be no recourse to the domestic courts for the protection of fundamental rights in Belize.

The 9th Constitutional Amendment Bill was tabled before the House of Representatives on 22 July 2011. It may be debated and enacted after a consultation period of ninety days. Given the breadth and scope of the proposed amendments and their potential impact on the protection of fundamental rights in Belize, the situation continues to be a matter of urgent regional and international concern.

Notes to Editors:

1. For further information please contact Saul Lehrfreund MBE or Parvais Jabbar, Executive Directors of the Death Penalty Project Ltd at Simons Muirhead & Burton Solicitors.

2. Alternatively, please contact Antoinette Moore and Simeon Sampson at the Human Rights Commission of Belize.

Latest news

Privy Council quashes murder convictions in Jamaica, highlighting the importance of fair trial rights
Read More
Focus on Africa podcast - Why African countries are saying no to the death penalty
Read More
Zimbabwe's Cabinet backs proposed legislation to abolish the death penalty
Read More
Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty: Dignity. Justice. International Symposium on the Right to Life - Taiwan Death Penalty Prison Interview Project
Read More
BLOG: Human Rights Day 2023 – Challenging the myth of public support for the death penalty
Read More
Life After Death Row: interview with Wenceslaus James
Read More
Sunshine Today T & T: "I heard my cell mate executed"
Read More
Attorney to Government: Make up your mind about the death penalty
Read More
Longest serving death row prisoner in T&T released by High Court
Read More
Death row inmate released after resentencing - FREED AFTER 30 YEARS
Read More
Longest serving death row prisoner in T&T released by High Court
Read More
PRESS RELEASE: Longest serving death row prisoner in Trinidad & Tobago released by High Court
Read More
UK Pro bono week – interviews with DPP’s network
Read More
Pressure mounts for Kenya to abolish death penalty
Read More
2023: 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty
Read More
“Serious breach of procedural fairness” - excessive manslaughter sentence quashed in The Bahamas
Read More
Ghana Web: Alban Bagbin praised for repeal of death penalty
Read More
IBAHRI commends abolition of the death penalty - Ghana
Read More
CLA Statement: Commending the Zambian and Ghanaian Governments for Abolishing the Death Penalty
Read More
The Week: Ghana abolishes the death penalty
Read More

Stay up-to-date with our work