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Human Rights Commission voices concern about remand numbers

By Benjamin Flowers

The Human Rights Commission of Belize is concerned about the number of people who have been waiting on remand at the Belize Central Prison for over two years.

At the opening of the legal year, held on Monday, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin explained that 68 percent of the persons on remand have been there for over two years.

President of the commission, Leo Bradley Jr., told the Reporter that two years is too long, and represents a violation of those person’s human rights.
He noted that even the Caribbean Court of Justice had ruled that cases should be heard within a reasonable time so justice can be served to those accused.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” Bradley said. “And a lot of times these things happen to persons who can’t afford legal representation to fight their case for them.”

Bradley went on to say that a lack of both financial and human resources for Belize’s, has been a major factor in the backlog of cases, and that the issue is not exclusive to Belize.

The commission, through its various educational campaigns, intends to continue championing the case of those persons on undue remand for 2018.HRC

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