Vol.18  No. 427 Published Friday, April 27, 2018
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22-year-old Honduran student gets refugee status

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica granted refugee status to Honduran student Eduardo Urbina, wanted in his country for allegedly participating in violent acts during the political and social crisis that emerged there after the elections last November.

The organization Center for Justice and International Law reported that Costa Rica granted political asylum to Urbina Monday and that he was released after being held for a month by the Directorate of Migration while waiting for his case to be resolved.

According to the center, the Commission on Restricted Visas and Refuge of the General Directorate of Migration, "recognized refugee status in response to the risk Eduardo faces due to his role as a political activist, student leader, and defender of human rights in Honduras."

The organization said in a statement that Urbina was being persecuted by Honduran authorities who attributed violent incidents to him even though they took place when he was already in Costa Rica, a country to which he moved after receiving threats and acts of intimidation.

"This fact reflects the hostility with which the Honduran government criminalizes people who have decided to speak out for a country in which there are no minimum guarantees of protection of human rights. We welcome the fact that the government of Costa Rica has recognized his refugee status," said Berta Oliva, coordinator of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Hondurans, through a statement.

The director of center, Marcia Aguiluz, said "the risk that has been evaluated in the case of Eduardo is framed in a context of violence and human rights violations against defenders, organizations and communities who fight for human rights in Honduras."

"It is essential that repression and criminalization be stopped and that the state guarantees the right to defend human rights," she said.

Urbina from the National University of Honduras entered Costa Rica last Dec. 11, fleeing after being charged by the government.

The Honduran authorities accused him of participating in the firing of a minibus on Dec. 15, by which date he was already in Costa Rica.

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Eduardo was a political activist, student leader, and defender of human rights in Honduras.

The young man entered Costa Rica legally, stayed in the country for the 90 days allowed by law, and left for Nicaragua, where he was arrested due to a detention alert issued by the government of Honduras through the International Police Agency.

As a result, he was sent back to Costa Rica where he applied for refugee status.

Honduras is currently promoting a dialogue to resolve the crisis that the country is experiencing as a result of alleged fraud in the 2017 elections. Election results have generated a series of protests.

Salvador Nasralla, who was the presidential candidate of the Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship in the Nov. 26 elections in which Juan Orlando Hernández was re-elected, does not recognize the results of the elections, claiming electoral fraud.

The post-election crisis that began Nov. 29 with street demonstrations promoted by Nasralla, some of them violent and with vandalism, left several dead and large property losses, according to a report by the United Nations.

The Honduran crisis was sparked by allegations of electoral fraud when President Juan Orlando Hernández was reelected.

Costa Rica has a high index of press liberty,
says Reporters Without Borders

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica placed 10th in the world for freedom of the press and ranks as the best for press freedom in Latin American.

On the opposite end is Cuba, which this year ranked in position 172. Despite the rising of some new media, mostly blogs, the informative activity continues being the exclusive property of the state, according to the report.

Cuba, Venezuela and Mexico are the countries that most threaten press freedom in Latin America, a region where journalism is extremely worrying, said Reporters Without Borders at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

The World Ranking of Press Freedom 2018, was delivered Monday in Paris and it assesses the situation in 180 countries.

The regional director for Latin America, Emmanuel Colombie, said that although there was a slight improvement in terms of press freedom, the regional picture remains extremely worrisome.

For Colombie, the murder of three Ecuadorian journalists and that of another in Nicaragua was very serious, but those incidents did not enter into this year’s rankings, he said.

The second worst country in the region was Mexico, which ranked 147th and according to Reporters Without Borders is the country in Latin America where journalism is more dangerous.

At least 11 journalists were killed in Mexico in 2017 for their professional activity, which places that country behind Syria as one of the deadliest countries for the journalism profession.

Mexico is followed by Venezuela, which had the largest decline in the index in Latin America after losing six positions and ranking 143rd.

The decline of Venezuela in the ranking occurred because, according to Reporters Without Borders, both the local press and international correspondents are recurrent targets of the Bolivarian police and intelligence services, whose objective is to minimize the narrative about the magnitude of the serious political and economic crisis that shakes the country."

The actions of the Venezuelan authorities were mainly evidenced by arbitrary imprisonments, destruction of information and expulsions of foreign journalists, the report said.

Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, rose just one position and ranked 102nd by the group, in part, because the number of attacks on journalists decreased during 2017.

Journalist Patricio Valenzuela arrested for taking photos during a strike in Chile. August, 2017 / A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo

Journalists here in Costa Rica safer than others countries.

However, the problems "remain the same: concentration of the media, police persecution of journalists and an inadequate legal framework that does not protect the press," said Colombie.

The regional director said that after the assassination of Marielle Franco, the number of threats to journalists in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro that come from both criminal groups and authorities has increased.

"The threats come from both sides, but when they come from the authorities, they are anonymous and indirect," said Colombie, who said that this is why "we are trying to support them, because they feel threatened, they want to leave the city, they have terrible working conditions and the government and the authorities seem to have no interest in what happens to them."

Brazil's outlook tends to get darker for the next report as the October presidential elections already show an increase in pressures and threats against journalists, he said.

According to Colombie, this behavior "happens in Brazil but it has also been presented in the other countries of the region where elections are going to take place this year."

Among those countries, he cited Colombia, which remains practically stable in the ranking (130) but, "remains among the most dangerous countries on the continent for journalists, and assaults and kidnappings are still frequent."

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CRUSA foundation grants a scholarship
in aquaculture to three Tico students

By AM Costa Rica staff

Three young people recently began studies in aquaculture at the National Technical University, Pacific Headquarters, thanks to a grant awarded by the Costa Rica Foundation-United States for Cooperation.

Each scholarship is over $8,000 and will cover lodging, food, transportation, tuition and other expenses for the two years it takes to get ta diploma.

"The National Technical University is a strategic partner of the CRUSA Foundation, with which we have been working for several years in fish farming projects in the southern zone of the country and the three young people who wish to study do not have the necessary economic resources and that is why they decided to support them," said Marisela Bonilla, project director of the Foundation.

Nelson Peña, director of the Aquaculture School at the university’s Pacific Headquarters, said the contribution of the foundation is essential as he considers the country needs more professionals in this area.

"For CRUSA Foundation it is essential to support young people who want to grow professionally, especially when they come from areas with low social development as their studies will make a substantial difference in their lives and that of their communities,” Bonilla added.

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Supreme Electoral Tribunal officially certifies
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday the Supreme Electoral Tribunal delivered the credential that makes Carlos Alvarado the official president of the republic for 2018 to 2022.

In a ceremony held in the tribunal auditorium, Alvarado was given the certificate that also accredits Epsy Campbell as first vice president and Marvin Rodríguez, as second vice president.

During the activity, the president of tribunal, Luis Antonio Sobrado, pointed out that reaching the presidency of the republic is the, "highest honor that fits a Costa Rican citizen, but it is, above all, a huge responsibility."

"On the threshold of the bicentennial, Costa Rica faces great collective challenges that we can no longer postpone. The times demand the best of all their children, starting with governors and politicians," said Sobrado.

According to the final results of the elections, the Citizen's Action Party won the second electoral round with 1,322,908 votes, which represents 60.6 percent of the votes, while the National Restoration Party obtained 860,388 votes, or 39.4 percent.

With this ceremony, the tribunal finished the elections of 2018 and gets ready to organize the municipal elections of 2020.

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For second time in its history,
National Theater gets fire insurance
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the next 12 months, the National Theater will be covered with a fire policy to protect its building and art works, thanks to a donation from the National Insurance Institute. This is only the second time in its 120-year history that the theater has been insured.

In the event of a claim, the policy would protect the construction and works of art housed in the Theater, which has been without any type of coverage since 2009.

The building is covered for up to $58 million and the art works for $35 million, a total of $ 93.6 million, said Elián Villegas, the executive president of the  National Insurance Institute.

Now the challenge is to find and strengthen aid from the private sector to renew this policy continuously, said its director, actor and economist Fred Herrera in the activity organized to sign the donation agreement. "We have a year to resolve how to guarantee that the theater will never be unprotected again."

This architectural jewel suffered two arson attempts, one in 2016 and another in 2017. The fire risk policy announced will cover the theater until April 10, 2019.

The donation of the policy is possible after the National Theater fulfilled one of the conditions of the insurance institute: improvements in the main insufficiency in security matters.

The evaluation of the building and its works of art is symbolic, as the people in charge of the restoration department have pointed out. In case of a catastrophe it would be impossible to replace the works.

After a two-year restructuring process the heritage monument must be insured before the restoration works begin. Those works depend on the approval of a loan by the new Legislative Assembly.

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The director of the theater has already begun the task of convincing the elected representatives and expressed the hope that it will not take more than three months to approve the project that will finance the restoration.

Experts in conservation consider that the start of the intervention is one of the moments of greater vulnerability of the old buildings.

"It is mandatory to have the theater insured during the entire process," argued Herrera. "The act of introducing work is particularly delicate and many theaters have been burned down precisely by a spark when trying to protect them.”

An inter-institutional team has been working since 2015 on the security and conservation of the theater, mapping the steps to achieve the restoration of the building.

The theater is currently undergoing a replacement of its electrical wiring. The renovation of the electrical system is one of the more urgent issues.

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Outgoing administration criticized
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The Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector put an failing grade on the overall performance of the Solís Rivera administration and the Legislative Assembly in the period 2014-2018, according to the Second Quarterly Business Survey Pulso Empresarial 2018 which was made public Thursday.

On a scale of 0 to 10, the government of Solís received a 4.89 and the legislators a 4.79.

Regarding the different areas of work of the executive branch, the highest score provided by the entrepreneurs was the work done in the fight against poverty with a 6.19 followed by health and education with 4.72 and 4.67 respectively.

According to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses, poverty decreased from 22.7 percent in 2014 to 20 percent in October 2017.

Extreme poverty fell from 6.7 percent to 5.7 percent.

The lowest score was placed on the tasks regarding fiscal policy (4.02), fight against corruption (4.16) and simplification of procedures (4.19).

From 2014 to 2016, expenditures grew by 7.2 percent, more than in the previous period.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
The business sector was very critical of the departing Solís administration.

In his first year, Solís sent congress a budget of ¢8 billion, with just a few cuts. It was criticized for its lack of austerity and needed work to lower costs. He did not manage to get approved, even in the first vote, for the project of tax reform, said the chamber.

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Vol.18 No.427
Published Friday, April 27, 2018 Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us

Miners continue illegal gold extraction

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Despite clashes between police and illegal gold miners last weekend in Crucitas, the miners plan to continue their activities.

After the incursion of an armed mob that assaulted and shot 12 policemen, the Ministry of Security announced an increase in the number of officers that will safeguard the gold mining project, as well as massive deportations if necessary.

Allan Obando, director of the Border Police, said that despite the warning, 30 undocumented people were arrested on Monday, mostly from Nicaragua.

The situation that exists in Cutris de San Carlos was also analyzed by the Directorate General of Migration and Foreigners.

The director of the institution, Gisela Yockchen, said that it is necessary to increase controls in the area and implement more drastic measures with respect to the border limits.

The 14 people detained on Saturday in Crucitas will be deported, according to Migration, while there are additional cases in which the situation of detainees is being analyzed.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Gold miners have increased their operations
in the area since 2017.

In 2017, the police arrested 180 people in Crucitas for illegal gold extraction and for being in an irregular migratory situation.
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Costa Rica business news

Vol.18 No.427 Published Friday, April 27, 2018 Seventh news page
Real Estate
About Us

Facebook opens its local headquarters in Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Facebook is opening a local branch through an alliance with the local Cisneros Interactive Corp. in order to improve its marketing platform and facilitate training and financing services.

The alliance means the opening of physical headquarters and the hiring of new staff in Costa Rica. The permanent staff will be able to provide advice and facilitate payments and credits.

Adriana Grineberg, regional director of Facebook for Central America, and Victor Kong, president of Cisneros Interactive, explained that companies have used self-learning to access digital technology. With this alliance, experts from Facebook will come to Costa Rica to train company staff about the scope and possibilities of doing business in that digital world which is expected to reach from housewives who open small businesses to large companies.

Kong reported that alliances in other countries, such as Uruguay, have helped companies double their business in just one year. He refused, however, to give goals for Costa Rica.

The idea is that a housewife who makes and sells small items and a auto dealership that deals in foreign cars will now be able to access the same digital platforms. They will even be able to access other types of payments for their products and will have an actual presence on the internet.

Cisneros Interactive will offer interested parties a 30-day financing system.

According to Grineberg, the alliance with Cisneros seeks to provide support to companies in markets where Facebook does not have its own offices with the aim of providing more market intelligence and more training so that local companies can take advantage of the platform's capabilities in their businesses.

One of the benefits mentioned is the possibility to sit down with the business, the advertiser or the agency and understand what the objective is and then determine how Facebook can help achieve that goal.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Adriana Grineberg, regional director of Facebook for Central America, came to Costa Rica to deliver the news about the Facebook headquarters.

Another benefit is education related to the practices in the digital platform and the different products and services offered. A third benefit is financial, as the firms will provide credit, billing and payment in local currency. All this should make things easier for businesses, the firms said.

Grineberg said that prices on Facebook are given through the auction system. For each campaign, for each objective according to product, she said that an auction price is defined.

She added that specific solutions are offered for some specific cases which many people do not know and these will be discussed in the trainings.

Costa Rica has a high internet coverage which is why the firms gave great importance to the country, according to Grineberg. The firms said they want to double or triple their businesses in Costa Rica.

A.M. Costa Rica notice to expats (free category)

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica

Meeting on April 28th, 2018. In the spirit of Earth Day, Democrats Abroad has a very special treat for you… We will screen the BAFTA - nominated documentary :

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power by Al Gore.
A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes-in moments private and public, funny and poignant-as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion. Renowned filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (Audrie & Daisy, 2016 Sundance Film Festival) have taken the baton from 2006 Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim. What started then as a profound slide show lecture has become a gorgeously cinematic excursion. Our extraordinary former vice president invites us along on an inspirational journey across the globe that delivers the tools to heal our planet. The question is: Will WE choose to take the baton?

The film will be followed by moderated discussion… So don’t miss it!

(Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea, meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
50-50 DRAWING: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving 50% of what is raised from it.
TICKETS: ₡1,000 each
(money raised goes towards our Get Out The Vote efforts)
FREE TRANSFER FROM SAN JOSE: Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 am promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 12:15 pm. RIDE RSVP: Call Nelleke: 8614-2622 or contact Maxine: 8828-3052 mtorresdacr@protonmail.ch You MUST reserve for a ride.
RSVP INFORMATION: For the time, directions, map, rideshare and full details. Click the link http://whoozin.com/KJQ-GDG-T663
You NEED to make a reservation for admission. This will be a sellout for sure. If you can't click on the link, email democratsabroadcostarica@gmail.com to make reservations.
CONTACT: If you have any questions or comments, please call Kathy Rothschild at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

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