The preamble of the Constitution stipulates that the people of Belize affirms that the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in human rights and fundamental freedoms, the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person and the equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator.
Every person in Belize is entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever his race, place of origin, political opinions, color, creed or sex, but subject to respect for the rights and freedoms of others and for the public interest, to each and all of the following, namely-
- life, liberty, security of the person, and the protection of the law;
- freedom of conscience, of expression and of assembly and association;
- protection for his family life, his personal privacy, the privacy of his home and other property and recognition of his human dignity; and
- protection from arbitrary deprivation of property,