In a Landmark decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Belize on June 28, 2010, Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh affirmed the customary land rights of 36 Maya communities in southern Belize.
In reading his 62-page judgment, the Chief Justice declared that it was a “direct sequel of the judgment of this court in Claims No. 171 and 172 of 2007 which was delivered on 18th October 2007." That ruling also found the Maya have customary land rights and resource rights, which are protected by the Constitution and must be held inviolate.
In a Landmark decision handed down in the Belize Supreme Court on Monday, June 28, the Chief Justice Dr. Abdulai Conteh affirmed the Toledo Que’chi Maya’s customary land tenure rights in 33 Maya communities in the southern Belize, declaring that they enjoy Constitutional protection.
The judgement, which is sure to be appealed, says that certain Mayan villages have the right to block lease and exploration in defence of their sovereign rights.