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Professor Anaya and IPLP Law Students Help Secure Constitutional Rights for Maya Communities

The Supreme Court of Belize today handed down a historic and landmark decision affirming the rights of the indigenous Maya communities of Belize to land and resources that they have traditionally used and occupied. The claimant villages of Conejo and Santa Cruz were represented by Belize attorney Antoinette Moore, who was assisted by Professor James Anaya, students, and research attorneys of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law.  Professor Anaya and his associates developed the theory of and documentation for the case over a period of several years, and have also represented the Maya people of Belize in their successful petitions before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and United Nations human rights bodies. For more, see the press release here.

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