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April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Mexico, Moldova, South Africa, United States, Venezuela
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad/Tobago, United States, Venezuela
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

2.0
April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, D R Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

4.0
March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Comoros, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Family Services Division in the Ministry of Human Development... investigated cases of trafficking in children, and worked with local and international NGOs and UNICEF to promote children’s welfare… The government did not effectively enforce laws prohibiting child sex trafficking" (14).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law provides protection from sexual harassment in the workplace, including provisions against unfair dismissal of a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace" (12). "The law provides generally for the continuity of employment and protection against unfair dismissal, including for sexual harassment in the workplace, pregnancy, or HIV status" (13).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit participation of women… in the political process, and they did participate. Observers suggested cultural and societal constraints limited the number of women participating in government" (9-10).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law establishes penalties for child prostitution, child pornography, child sexual exploitation, and indecent exhibition of a child. It defines a “child” as anyone under age 18" (14). "The law establishes a penalty of two years’ imprisonment for persons convicted of publishing or offering for sale any obscene book, writing, or representation" (15).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Forced labor of both Belizean and foreign women occurred in bars, nightclubs, and domestic service. Migrant men, women, and children were at risk for forced labor in agriculture, fishing, and in the service sector, including restaurants and shops, particularly among the South Asian and Chinese communities" (18).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence was often prosecuted with charges such as harm, wounding, grievous harm, rape, and marital rape, but charges were treated as civil matters. Police, prosecutors, and judges recognized both physical violence and mental injury... According to data provided by a government ministry in 2016, there were 731 cases of domestic violence filed by women and 123 by men; 460 followed through with court action" (12).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"Challenges to the wider justice system generally resulted in poor conviction rates for rape" (12).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and/or members of minorities in the political process" (9).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"Abuse of children occurred… 78 cases were considered either trafficking or cases of unaccompanied minors" (13).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: IRP-DATA-1, IRP-DATA-2

"There were anecdotal reports that boys and girls were exploited in child prostitution, including the “sugar daddy” syndrome whereby older men provided money to young women and/or their families for sexual relations. Similarly, there were reports of increasing exploitation of minors, often to meet the demand of foreign sex tourists in tourist-populated areas or where there were transient and seasonal workers" (14).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The law stipulates that the offense of child prostitution does not apply to persons exploiting 16- and 17-yearold children in sexual activity in exchange for remuneration, gifts, goods, food, or other benefits. The legal age for consensual sex is 16, but prostitution is not legal under 18. Sexual intercourse with a girl under age 14 is an offense punishable by 12 years’ to life imprisonment. Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl ages 14-16 is an offense punishable by five to 10 years’ imprisonment... The law criminalizes the procurement or attempted procurement of “a person” under age 18 to engage in prostitution; an offender is liable to eight years’ imprisonment" (14).more
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"The law and regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, language, HIV-positive status or other communicable diseases, or social status" (20).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Challenges to the wider justice system generally resulted in poor conviction rates for rape" (12). "In June, two 13-year-old primary school girls reported to police (in the company of their parents) that the principal of their school had sexually assaulted them. Police arrested and charged the principal" (13).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-1

"The criminal code criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape" (12).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Refugees were able to use the education system and the socialized medical system, but the government offered no assistance with housing or food except in extreme cases that involved children and pregnant women" (9).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In April, two women... claimed police brutality while being detained in San Pedro Town. According to reports, police detained two women on the street using excessive force...In November, two women, a Belizean and a Salvadoran, accused three police officers of raping them in a Belize City police station after they were removed from a transit bus to be searched for drugs. The police officers remained on active duty as the investigation proceeded" (2). "Conditions in the women’s area were significantly better than in the men’s compound" (3).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"According to UNICEF, 26 percent of women ages 20 to 24 were married or cohabitating before age 18" (14).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Citizenship is derived by birth within the country’s territory, regardless of the parents’ nationality. Citizenship may also be acquired by descent if at least one parent is a citizen of the country" (13).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There were publicized cases of underage girls being victims of sexual abuse and mistreatment, in most cases in their own home or in a relative’s home" (14).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"Although both major parties declared they took steps to increase female participation, neither adopted party policies that would ensure a percentage of their candidates are women" (10).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government ran awareness campaigns against gender-based and domestic violence, a domestic violence hotline, and shelters, and major police stations had designated domestic abuse officers, although these measures were not always effective" (12).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The code states that a person convicted of rape shall be sentenced to imprisonment for eight years to life, although sentences were sometimes much lighter" (12).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The Women’s Department recognizes sexual harassment as a subset of sexual violence, but no cases have ever been brought under the sexual harassment protections" (12). "The BDF and Belize Coast Guard maintain a 5 percent and 10 percent limit, respectively, on the number of female service members allowed to serve. Despite legal provisions for gender equality and government programs aimed at empowering women, NGOs and other observers reported that women faced social and economic discrimination" (13). "The law and regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of... sex, gender. The government did not effectively enforce those laws and regulations" (20).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: AW-PRACTICE-1

"As of September, 3,019 persons (1,754 men and 1,265 women) had requested refugee status. The government has not granted refugee status to any applicant since the early 1990s" (9).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age to marry is 18, but persons between ages 16 and 18 may marry with the consent of parents, legal guardians, or judicial authority" (14).
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"TThe law also mandates equal pay for equal work, but the labor commissioner verified that men earned on average $90 Belize dollars ($45) more per month than women did because they held higher managerial positions" (13).