Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
03/16/13 08:10 AM
03/16/13 08:10 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 72,112
oregon, spr
Marty Online happy OP

Marty  Online Happy OP


85% of the 790 cases remain open or unresolved

Ombudsman Lionel Arzu, appointed this January after the office had been vacant for about a year, has his work cut out for him. Apart from having to catch up with the backlog of work at the office, he will have to appear at the meeting of the Ombudsman Report Committee, slated for Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Also present at the meeting will be former Ombudsman Cynthia Pitts, who prepared the 2009, 2010, and 2011 reports, which were tabled at the last Sitting of the House of Representatives.

There has been a marked downturn in the number of complaints taken to the Office of the Ombudsman: The office processed 332 complaints in 2009, 275 cases in 2010, and 183 cases in 2011. Of those 790 cases lodged over the three-year period, 85% of the cases remain open or unresolved.

Pitts told us that the bulk of the complaints she had to process alleged abuses by the police. Next in line were complaints involving lands, such as problems getting land titles or complaints that private lands had been sold off without the knowledge or consent of owners.

One woman made over 20 trips to resolve problems with her land title, and Pitts has requested that she be reimbursed for over $2,000 in expenses she reportedly incurred.

There were multiple complaints by citizens who alleged theft or damage to their property held as police exhibits. In one case, some of a womanís jewelry held as a police exhibit, which was to have been returned to her after the accused received a guilty verdict, disappeared.

Police claimed that the jewelry had been auctioned off, and so the Ombudsmanís office recommended that she be reimbursed for the value of her jewelry. (The value of the jewelry held as exhibit was not cited in the report, although the woman claimed that $24,650 worth of jewelry had been stolen from her.)

Tampering with vehicles held for exhibits was also reported.

Then there was the odd case of a regional health manager who got promoted to the post of Director of Environmental Health for less pay. The Ombudsman requests that the officer be compensated for lost pay.

Arzu indicated that the person who held over the office between the time Pitts demitted office when her contract expired in December 2011, and when he assumed duties this year could not get anything substantial done, because the correspondences were essentially ignored.

Of note is that Pitts, in her report, has recommended that the Office of the Ombudsman be upgraded to the status of a national human rights commission.

ďThe introduction of a Belize National Human Rights Institution (BNHRI) would mean the introduction of a far different system than that currently represented by the Ombudsmanís Office,Ē she said in the 2011 report. ďThe pertinent issue, however, would remain the protection and promotion of fundamental human rights,Ē she went on to stress.

The change, Pitts told Amandala, would have to be put in law. The office, she said, would also have to be resourced with proper staff, which should reflect the balance in society, such as the various ethnicities that make up the population, according to The Paris Principles. The head of the office, said Pitts, can still be the Ombudsman.

This, she explained, would ensure that breaches of human rights are better addressed.

Pitts also informed that a personís decision to seek redress for rights violations via the courts in no way means they canít also lodge their complaints with the Office of the Ombudsman.


03/16/13 04:28 PM
03/16/13 04:28 PM
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 168
BZ4me Offline
BZ4me  Offline
Could someone explain to me the role of the Ombudsman?

03/16/13 05:06 PM
03/16/13 05:06 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 8,868
SP Daily Offline
SP Daily  Offline
google it

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 214 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online4,377
Dec 15th, 2020 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1