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Human Rights Commission Calls for Apportionment of Justices to Central Prison

The recent release of videos portraying alleged acts of human rights violations at the Belize Central Prison has led the Human Rights Commission of Belize to write the Minister of Home Affairs requesting that visiting justices be appointed for the Belize Central Prison.

The recent release of videos portraying alleged acts of human rights violations at the Belize Central Prison has led the Human Rights Commission of Belize to write the Minister of Home Affairs requesting that visiting justices be appointed for the Belize Central Prison. HRCB’s letter cited that under section six of subsection two of Belize’s Prison Act, “The Minister may appoint annually such number of visiting justices as he shall think fit for any prison”.  Minister Musa, however, has yet to appoint such justices. The commission made the point that without the appointment of justices, the status of the prison’s running is unknown and that the Prison Act gives them the unrestricted right to speak to any prisoner and visit any part of the prison whenever they think it necessary. The letter went on to say families of prisoners have constantly been complaining to the Commission that they have not been able to visit with imprisoned family members, or been allowed to leave food, clothing, or blankets for their family members. Our newsroom reached out to the Prison’s Chief Executive Officer Virgil Murrilo who said quote “let them bring the justices I have nothing to hide” end quote. The CEO stood firm in saying he does not condone such acts and that moreover the videos are old and the officers shown in such videos might have been there before his tenure began.