The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a validation workshop on Belize’s draft report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. On hand was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington.
This is Belize’s first draft report and will encompasses only up to 2014. In his address Minister Elrington spoke of a number of issues including the reports of police brutality.
Minister Elrington said a number of initiatives were implemented to lessen the number of reports. Professional Standards Branch and Ombudsman signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation between the two offices in the areas of protection and promotion of human rights and on the principles of rule of law, mutual equality and reciprocity. The report should be completed by the middle of February and then taken to Cabinet for endorsement. The report will then be submitted to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.