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Submission to the 107th session of the Human Rights Committee – relating to Belize

19 February 2013

Shadow Report relating to the examination of Belize, submitted by Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management and Minority Rights Group International.

This Shadow Report has been written for the Human Rights Committee to assist it in its consideration of the measures adopted by Belize to give effect to the rights recognised in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), scheduled to occur during its 107th session. This Shadow Report has been submitted in the absence of the initial report of Belize required under Article 40 of the ICCPR.

This Report has been prepared by the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) and MRG.

SATIIM is a community-based indigenous organization working in the far south of Belize, in a region in the Toledo District that lies between the Sarstoon and Moho Rivers. SATIIM works 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.