Belize - Social development

Social security systems provide benefits to all employed persons aged 14–64. Both employers and employees make contributions towards old age pensions, disability, survivor, and health benefits. Retirement is set at age 60 for both men and women, and benefits of 30% of average earnings are paid in addition to 2% of earnings for contributions in excess of 500 weeks.

Women have access to education and are active in all areas of national life, but face domestic violence and certain types of discrimination in the business sector. The Women's Bureau of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services develops programs to improve the status of women. Despite these efforts, most women work in low-wage industries and in agriculture. The Families and Children Act authorizes the state to legally remove a child from an abusive environment and raises from 16 to 18 the age up to which parents are legally responsible for the care of their children.

The rights of minority groups in Belize are generally well protected, although there have been continued reports of poor treatment of immigrant agricultural workers. Human rights are generally respected, although there have been reports of extrajudicial killing, use of excessive police force, and other violations.

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Jeffery Clark
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Dec 4, 2009 @ 2:02 am
My son Adamas Jaffette Clark (US Citizen) lives in Placencia Belize with his biological mother Kristine Small. Ms Small has denied me access to my son for over three years. I have applied twice under the Hague for access. Appeared in Family Court November 27, 2008 to learn that Ms Small has issued a warrent for my arrest and imprisonment, she is doing this by using a child stealing law implemented by Belize under article 3 of the Hague Convention. There has never been any mediation to resolve the situation. Her plan is to use extrajudical killing of myself to gain control of my personal property and land in Belize. I would like the return of Adamas to the USA where he will be safe, well cared for, educated, and the use of mental health facilities to correct the mental torment he has suffered because his mother refuses access. (Social Service report issued by Elswith Chevez, September 2009.)

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