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Human Rights Commission of Belize celebrates World Human Rights Day Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2012 00:00

Gustavo Perrera and Jerome FloresThe Human Rights Commission of Belize (HRCB), Belize’s principal human rights advocacy group, has celebrated World Human Rights Day. The theme of World Human Rights Day is “My Voice Counts” and that was put into practice on Monday, December 10th, 2012 with a meeting near the Belize Police Force Headquarters in Belmopan. This international celebration also coincides with HRCB's 25th Anniversary.
According to a United Nations website, Human Rights Day represents an opportunity every year to celebrate human rights, focusing on specific issues. This year the attention falls on the rights of all people - women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor - to make their voices heard and be included in political decision-making.

In his address at HRCB’s function, guest speaker Gustavo Perrera, who was once the program Director for the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research SPEAR, called on everyone to move beyond the ‘participatory approach’ to the ‘deliberative approach’. He called on participants in the Democratic process, to first get the facts, consult and reach shared decisions.

In her closing remarks, Cynthia Pitts, Attorney-at-Law and who is also a trustee of the HRCB, thanked the Governor General Sir Colville Young for his presence and for his concern about Human Rights. In his welcome address Attorney-at -Law, Leo Bradley, Jr. and who is the current President of HRCB, also recognized the Governor General for being an active partner; participating in all of HRCB’s events.

Leo Bradley, Jr. also gave an overview of HRCB’s past work. HRCB has championed immigration issues and monitored the changes in the Belize Constitution.

“We have not slept, we have toiled and continue to toil,” he told the audience.

Setting a booth Monday for HRCB’s celebration was Jerome Flores, Vice President of the Belize Assembly for Persons with Diverse Disabilities. Flores would like to applaud Benny’s Home Center, Save-U and the Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina for having set up special facilities at their place of business, for the handicapped to move freely. These businesses have recognized the voices of their clients and have gone further in adding comfort to their potential clients.