Saturday, May 25, 2024


ICJ elects five new judges

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) elected five new judges on November 9th after a round of votes held by the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations (UN). The voting is via secret ballot. The Government of Belize paid keen attention to the judges elected as the territorial claim by Guatemala over the Jewel will be settled at the ICJ, with the case's first oral hearings expected for the summer of 2024.

Noche Centro Americana celebrates Central American and Mexican Independence Day

On Saturday, September 16th, the Honourable Louis Sylvester Sporting Arena hosted the annual Noche Centro Americana celebration featuring great food, entertainment, and cultural presentations....

Gaby Nuñez Jr. joins Team Belize to compete in beach volleyball tournament in Guatemala

San Pedro’s very own Gabriel ‘Gaby’ Nuñez Jr. is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, along with Edgar Martinez, to represent Belize in the regional beach volleyball tournament, XXI Campeonato Centroamericano Mayor. The tournament is set from Friday, August 25th through the 27th, with athletes from Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute case moving to oral hearings at the ICJ

On Wednesday, June 7th, Belize delivered its last written response, called ‘Rejoinder’, to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the legal proceedings to settle Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim over the Jewel. This ended the stage of written submissions, and the next step is for the court to set a date for the oral hearings. The stage of written submissions has lasted four years since the case was formally submitted to the ICJ in 2019. Since then, Belize and Guatemala have presented written presentations known as Memorials, defending their respective position in the long-standing territorial dispute.

Prime Minister Briceño Attends IX Summit of the Association of Caribbean States

Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño led Belize’s delegation at the IX Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) held in Antigua, Guatemala, on May 12. The summit was held under the theme, “Innovating integration through the sustainable development of the Greater Caribbean.” It was preceded by Senior Officials and Ministerial meetings.

Belize Territorial Volunteers denounces aggressive conduct from Guatemalan Armed Forces

For years, the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) have spearheaded trips through the Sarstoon River to one of the country’s border markers in the southern Toledo District to commemorate the 1859 Boundary Treaty signed between Great Britain and Guatemala. In recent years, the Guatemalan Armed Forces (GAF) in the area have reportedly enforced sovereignty on the river, making this annual patriotic trip challenging. On the 164th anniversary of the treaty, the BTV once again led an excursion, where the GAF confronted them as they went up the Sarstoon River.

Reintroduction of ADO and Fuente del Norte Operational Services in Belize

The Department of Transport announces Cabinet’s decision to approve the reintroduction of Fuente Del Norte and ADO bus services in Belize. Pre-pandemic, these bus companies offered premier services to Belizeans and international visitors transiting across the Guatemalan and Mexican border points, thereby improving Belize’s connectivity to the region.

Ukrainian human rights experts and journalists discuss the Ukraine situation in virtual roundtable

With the current events unfolding in Ukraine, a virtual roundtable (zoom) discussion was organized by the United States (US) Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala,...