All About Belize

BELIZE / 10 JUN 2013

A free trade zone in Belize's Corozal district has become a hub for the regional contraband cigarette trade, highlighting both Belize's role in regional smuggling and how the lax customs…

BELIZE / 24 DEC 2012

The Belize government, struggling to meet national debt payments, has ended its controversial gang truce program, a measure almost certain to result in increased violence and homicides in 2013.

BELIZE / 20 NOV 2012

Belize has reportedly registered 124 homicides between January and November, putting the sparsely populated Central America nation on track for its most violent year on record.

BELIZE / 13 NOV 2012

In a sign of increasing discontent with the dominant anti-drug strategy in the hemisphere, the heads of state of three Central American countries and Mexico have issued a…

BELIZE / 13 SEP 2012

Preliminary investigations have revealed that terrorist suspect, Rafic Mohammad Labboun Allaboun, managed to obtain valid Belizean documentation within the span of just a few days, fuelling further speculation about Hezbollah…

BELIZE / 3 SEP 2012

Mexican and Belize officials have begun a two day meeting to discuss ways to combat transnational organized crime, an increasing concern for Belize, a country that has seen a marked…

BELIZE / 8 AUG 2012

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that it was imposing new sanctions against a trio of alleged drug traffickers based in Belize, described as key…

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2012

El Salvador's "mara" gangs may be moving into Belize, according to reports, with both the MS-13 and Barrio 18 having a presence in the capital of the tiny Caribbean country.

BELIZE / 4 JUN 2012

US authorities are concerned about Belize's failure to bring charges against a man suspected of ordering a massive shipment of methamphetamine precursor chemicals, according to reports.

BELIZE / 4 MAY 2012

Despite its initial success in reducing violence in the capital, a gang truce in Belize's capital city appears to be under strain as violence between groups escalates.

BELIZE / 28 SEP 2011

This report outlines a series of actions by the U.S. government in order to face violence in Central America. Mexican drug trafficking organizations, local drug traffickers, transnational youth gangs,…

BELIZE / 16 SEP 2011

The White House has added Belize to its watch list of countries involved in the drug trade, bringing attention to this tiny state where violence rates are nearly as high…

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