People’s Constitution Commission to Host Lecture on Constitutional Rights in Belmopan
Since the launch of the People’s Constitution Commission’s education campaign the organization hit the ground engaging Belizeans countrywide about the content of the constitution. Keeping with its zoned approach to delivering information, the PCC is preparing to host a lecture in Belmopan. The lecture will be held on Friday, July 7 to educate people in the West about the rights guaranteed to them in the constitution. Vice Chairman of the PCC Glenfield Dennison told Love News that, while everyone is welcome, the lecture will have a special focus on public officers. He explained why.
Glenfield Dennison, Vice Chairman, People’s Constitution Commission: “Next Friday the 7th of July at the Civic Centre in Belmopan we will be having a lecture series “Know Your Rights”. This would be presented by Ed Usher. He lectures in Constitution and Administrative Law and he will be our guest speaker and lecturer. The focus of that lecture will be to have a lecture but more important a discussion. So the questions will come from the people and we have gone on record to ask the Ministry of Public Service to afford public servants in and near Belmopan to be allowed to attend this important lecture. Why is that important Benjamin? Because the Constitution gives you rights but it is the government that has to lay out the framework on how those rights would be enforced. And so we thought it important that the police officers understand your rights as it relates to arrests and search and for the other public officers to understand what their responsibilities are as public officers. So we want to start with them to allow the discussion and to enlighten them so that when they’re interacting with the public they are interacting from an informed position.”
The Commission has zoned off the country into the northern, southern eastern and western zones with the diaspora representing the fifth.