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CWU advocates for tougher legislation

Up to news time, no additional charges have been levied against 21-year-old Everal Martinez. It is expected that since 17-month-old Allyssa Nunez died on Sunday morning, he will be charged with a more serious crime. This is the reason his attorney Oscar Selgado did not apply for bail for Martinez when he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Since the news of her attack and subsequent death, many groups have expressed outrage about the toddler’s death. The latest group to do so is the Christian Workers Union, CWU. In a release today, the CWU advocated for tougher legislation that will punish perpetrators, and for better training of our police officers to ensure they are fully equipped to conduct proper investigations that result in convictions. The CWU says it stands ready to take part in charting the way forward to protect the lives of children.  The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has also weighed in on the matter. The NTUCB strongly condemns any form of physical, emotional or psychological abuse of our children and women. The NTUCB is calling on all those responsible for the abuse and subsequent death of this baby to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The NUTCB is also urging legislators to amend applicable laws to provide for stiffer penalties on conviction for such heinous acts.