COSTA RICA – Shadow Report for the Universal Periodic Review 2019

On 13 May 2019, Costa Rica will be examined during the Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council, which reviews all states with the aim of improving the situation in each country as regards respect for and guarantee of the human rights of all people. In anticipation of this examination, civil society organisations in Costa Rica launched the campaign “Costa Rica and human rights: available or not?”. Our shadow report will be made … Continued

COSTA RICA – Stronger together: A feminist’s view on the 8 March in Costa Rica

Last Friday night, on International Women’s Day, women wanted to organize to fight the patriarchy together. This year the agreed upon slogan was Más juntas que nunca (More together than ever), meaning collectivity and togetherness would be at the very core of the march. International Women’s Day is crucial to the year-round struggles we face as women, it commemorates the achievements the feminist movement has gained and recognizes the plight women around the world still face. … Continued

CLACAI DOCUMENTARY – Genero bajo Ataque (Gender under Attack)

This documentary portrays the way in which attacks against a twisted concept of “gender ideology” in four countries are being used to gain political power by right-wing conservative politicians supported by conservatives in the Catholic and evangelical churches.

COSTA RICA – Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

On 29 November 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring programme for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original piece with Semanario Universidad about therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica. The following excerpts Part I. Two others will follow. Because of lack of knowledge and fear of legal consequences, health care professionals contribute to the obstacles … Continued

Incest case attests that, in Costa Rica, abortion is legal in name only

In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in Article 121 of the Penal Code, permits the termination of a pregnancy as long the procedure is consensual, performed by a doctor (or if necessary by an authorised obstetrician), and is the only way to protect the life or health of the woman. While therapeutic abortion may thus be permissible, in … Continued

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