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Belize: Submission to the 17th Session of the Working Group on the UPR

13 March 2013

Joint Stakeholder Report Relating to the Examination of Belize – March 2013

This Report focuses on the rights of the indigenous Maya people located in the Toledo District of southern Belize. Throughout the Report, the submitting organisations respectfully urge the Working Group to make a series of recommendations to Belize to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the Maya people.

The Report was prepared by the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and Minority Rights Group International (MRG). SATIIM is a community-based indigenous organization working in the far south of Belize to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples, to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Sarstoon Temash region, and to promote the sustainable use of its resources for its indigenous peoples’ social, cultural, environmental, and spiritual wellbeing. In this context, it has been leading the effort to ensure that the Belizean government complies with its indigenous rights obligations under domestic and international law.

Download the full report here.