Costa Rica reviewed at 6th session of UPR
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 14:56

On the afternoon of 8 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR convened to examine the human rights situation in Costa Rica. The high level Costa Rican delegation was headed by Mr Bruno Stagno, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship. Almost all States praised Costa Rica for its longstanding leading role in the promotion of human rights at the regional and international levels. While generally positive, a number of States offered constructive criticism and recommendations in the following areas:

  • Advancing efforts to eradicate poverty in line with the current national development which places human rights at its centre, paying particular attention to addressing the causes of structural, and not only abject, poverty, and to ensuring the rights of indigenous peoples in extreme poverty
  • Ensuring access to safe drinking water, especially for the most vulnerable groups
  • Improving access to education, especially in rural areas, and reducing school drop out rates
  • Intensifying efforts to promote equality between men and women, including a focus on addressing the persistent wage gap between women and men, the need for effective implementation of legislation criminalising violence against women and ensuring the provision of effective remedies for victims
  • Combating trafficking of women and young girls, including implementing measures to strengthen legislation and ensure the due prosecution of perpetrators, and the need for further measures to combat child labour and the commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • Stepping up measures to guarantee the principle of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • The need for an institutional framework to combat racism in line with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Ensuring the full protection of rights of migrants, including the provision of adequate housing conditions, and improving conditions in detention centres for illegal migrants
  • The need to sign and ratify the few outstanding international human rights instruments, especially the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.


The UPR Working Group will adopt the draft report of the review of Costa Rica on 11 December 2009. Click here for previous news stories.

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