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Equal Opportunities Bill discussed at public consultation

The first round of consultations regarding the drafting of a new piece of legislation seeking to address the issue of discrimination in and around the workplace took place in San Pedro Town on Saturday, January 11th. The project, championed by the National AIDS Commission, includes discussions about an Equal Opportunities Bill in which the Belizean population is consulted and informed of the benefits, should the proposed idea become law..

The new proposed Bill has received positive reviews from both the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) and the Leader of the Opposition from the People’s United Party, Honourable John Briceño. UNIBAM’s Executive Director, Caleb Orozco said that while the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens are protected under this law, the compass of the bill should create an equal level for everyone in the labour area. Meanwhile, Briceño added that his party supports equality in Belize and believes that there should be no discrimination based on sex, race or political affiliations. “So on principle, it is something that we support,” said Briceño.

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