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Toledo Alcalde Association Disturbed by PM’s Remarks

The Toledo Alcalde Association has expressed their concern with comments made by Prime Minister Dean Barrow when addressing the Rupert Myles situation. In speaking with the media on Monday, Prime Minister Barrow said the consent judgement merely recognized that the Mayans are entitled to certain rights although the nature of the rights is not spelled out. He went on to say they have agreed to set up some sort of a commission which will hear from all interested parties in Toledo before they decide on what those rights are. A release from the Toledo Alcalde Association says they consider unfortunate and premature any statement condemning the Maya people without the full understanding of the Uxbenka (USH-BENKA) case. They say they are also concerned about any attempt to undermine the CCJ order or to harass Mayan leaders. The Toledo Alcaldes Association says it will continue to request a meeting with the Government to avoid further violations of Maya people’s rights and has informed the international human rights bodies that monitor the situation of the Maya people in Belize. The release ends by saying like all Belizeans they are concerned with the protection of Maya sacred sites and are committed to continue to build a society free from racial discrimination.