Thursday, July 07, 2022

Belize: 2022 State Department's Annual Report on International Child Abduction

Country Summary: The Convention has been in force between the United States and Belize

since 1989. In 2021, Belize demonstrated a pattern of noncompliance. Specifically, the judicial

authorities failed to regularly implement and comply with the provisions of the Convention. As

a result of this, 50 percent of requests for the return of abducted children under the Convention

remained unresolved for more than 12 months.

Central Authority: The United States and the Belizean Central Authorities have a strong and

productive relationship that facilitates the resolution of abduction cases under the Convention.

Location: The competent authorities took appropriate steps to locate children after a

Convention application was filed. The average time to locate a child was 31 days. As of

December 31, 2021, there were no cases where the Belizean authorities remained unable to

initially locate a child.

Judicial Authorities: Delays by the Belizean judicial authorities impacted cases during 2021.

As a result of these delays, one case has been pending with the judiciary for over two years,

contributing to a pattern of noncompliance.

Enforcement: The United States is not aware of any abduction cases in which a judicial order

relating to international parental child abduction needed to be enforced by the Belizean


Department Recommendations: The Department will continue intense engagement with the

Belizean authorities to address issues of concern.