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Press Release on Important Supreme Court Decions Against Government of Belize

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  • 1. People’s United PartySecretariatServe the People!#3 Queen Street, Belize CityTelephone: 674-9958 Facsimile: 223-3476Email: pupsecretariat@yahoo.comApril 22, 2013Press Release on Important Supreme Court Decisions Against GoBThe People’s United Party (PUP) notes with interest two very important Supreme Courtdecisions made last week against the Government of Belize, namely, the Oceana Decision andthe Bar Association Constitutional Challenge.In the Oceana case the Court ruled that various Offshore Contracts were not valid as not havingcomplied with the Environmental Protection Act. Secondly, the Court ruled in favour of the BarAssociation that short term contracts for Judges are unconstitutional because they violate therequirement that Judges must have security of tenure.The PUP fully supports the Court rulings and pledges to abide by these decisions in a PUPgovernment. In addition the next PUP Government will: respect the decision made in the People’s Referendum on Offshore Oil exploration asheld by Oceana. not issue any Oil exploration licenses which are not in full compliance with the Laws ofBelize inclusive of the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), andno licenses will be issued to a company which clearly lacks the capacity to carry out oilexploration.We regard the Constitutional Amendments which have been struck down by the court asattempts by the Barrow Administration to undermine the Rule of Law and the independence ofthe Judiciary. The decision of the Court vindicates the condemnation of those amendments andupholds the requirement for security of tenure for Judges.In abiding by the Court’s decision the next PUP government will not offer short termappointments to Judges, so that Judges will enjoy full security of tenure.~~~END~~~

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