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Belize

Constitution as adopted on 21 September 1981.

Article 5

    2. Any person who is arrested or detained shall be entitled (a) to be informed promptly, and in any case no later than forty-eight hours after such arrest or detention, in a language he understands, of the reasons for his arrest or detention;
Article 6
    3. Every person who is charged with a criminal offence... (f) shall be permitted to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand the language used at the trial.
Article 19
    1. When a person is detained by virtue of a law that authorises the taking during a period of public emergency of measures that are reasonably justifiable for the purpose of dealing with the situation that exists in Belize during that period, the following provisions shall apply, that is to say: (a) he shall, with reasonable promptitude and in any case not more than seven days after the commencement of his detention, be informed in a language that he understands of the grounds upon which he is detained and furnished with a written statement in English specifying the particulars of those grounds;

Note: The complete text of the Constitution of Belize can be found in the Political Database of the Americas maintained by Georgetown University.


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