JUSTICE FOR LADDIE GILLETT

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14-year-old Laddie Gillett was shot and killed on July 14, 2021 in southern Belize. Police officer Kareem Martinez has since been charged with manslaughter in relation to the Gillett case. The Police Department has also acknowledged that Martinez’s use of force was unjustifiable. 

Laddie Gillett was a student of the Belize Christian Academy. His death ignited public outcry throughout the country. Student organisations, teacher unions and activists demanded immediate actions for justice for the family of Laddie Gillett. The Global Student Forum calls on state authorities to strengthen the protections for the lives of students and youth.

For more information:

National Students’ Union of Belize

https://belizestudents.wixsite.com/nsub/post/statement-by-the-national-students-union-of-belize-on-the-death-of-laddie-gilbert 

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Laddie Gillett de 14 años ha sido disparado y asesinado el 14 de julio de 2021 en el sur de Belize. La oficial de policía Kareem Martinez ha sido acusada de homicidio involuntario en relación con el caso de Gillett. El departamento de policía ha declarado que el uso de la fuerza por parte de Martinez fue injustificable. 

Laddie Gillet era estudiante de la Academia Cristiana de Belize (Belize Christian Academy). Su muerte se ha convertido en un drama nacional. Organizaciones estudiantiles, sindicatos de profesores y activistas demandan acciones inmediatas para que se haga justicia para la familia de Laddie Gillet. El Foro Global de Estudiantes reclama a las autoridades estatales mayor protección para las vidas de estudiantes y jóvenes.