CCJ grants historic constitutional relief to the Maya people

30 Oct 2015

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered today its decision in The Maya Leaders Alliance et al v the Attorney General of Belize [2015] CCJ 15 (AJ). While acknowledging that the remedial action to be undertaken by the Government under the Consent Order was reparatory, the CCJ felt that innovative use should be made of the broad jurisdiction to grant redress under the Constitution based on the centuries of oppression and marginalisation suffered by the Maya people. The Court noted that the “boundaries of redress are not to be viewed as circumscribed by the concept of damages.” Therefore the Court ordered the Government of Belize to establish a fund of BZ$300,000.00 as a first step towards compliance with its obligations under the Consent Order.

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