Agenda Item 6: Universal periodic review
Statement by: International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ)
20 September 2019
Thank you, Mr. Vice President,
We welcome the UPR outcome report of Costa Rica and commend the decision of its Government to accept one hundred and ninety-four recommendations.
We congratulate Costa Rica for the steps taken to enhance the protection and promotion of human rights, especially by increasing access to potable water and by adopting laws prohibiting all forms of discrimination in employment. We further welcome the decision to give same-sex couples the right to marry as of 2020.
Despite these efforts, we remain concerned about discrimination against indigenous people, persons of African descent, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, women, older people, and persons with disabilities.
In particular, we are deeply concerned by the widespread sexual harassment, violence against women and femicide in the country, and by the lack of prosecution of these crimes.
We also note with concern the lack of possibility for indigenous people to participate to the national general mechanism of consultation in their own language.
Mr. Vice President,
EAFORD and Geneva International Centre for Justice call for the respect of the right of all people, regardless of gender, sexual orientation and national origin.
We call on the government of Costa Rica:
- To implement the UPR recommendations it accepted in this and previous sessions;
- To take steps towards the elimination of all violence against women by tackling root causes through awareness raising campaigns and trainings, and by providing adequate remedies for victims;
- Finally, we call on the government to facilitate and increase the participation and consultation of indigenous people, and the restoration of their lands.
I thank you.
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