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75% of sexual workers suffer from violence from the police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three quarters of sex workers said they have suffered harassment and other forms of violence by the Fuerza Pública and Municipal Police. They all said they filed no complaints out of fear and a sense that nothing would change either way, according to La Sala Association and the Network of Sex Workers of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The study, carried out during 2017, includes 362 surveys of Sex Workers Women (MTS) from different parts of the country. The surveys were voluntary and under confidentiality agreements.

National legislation does not prohibit sex work but does not recognize it either. This situation means that the workers have no labor benefits (social security, minimum wage, working hours, paid disability leave, among others).

According to the survey,  the Fuerza Publica is the worst violator while 17% of those surveyed pointed out the same problem with the Municipal Police Forces.

The situations in which the different types of violence were experienced were: random searches (30%), delay in help (28%), arrests (27%) and raids on the workplace (17%). These were apparently not supported by any judicial order.


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This is the first study on violence against sex workers by police forces.

The report highlights that these actions are accompanied by violence such as requests for free sex services (84.8%), verbal threats (44.7%), physical assault, hair pulling (43.6%), being touched (38.2%), forced to have sex (16%), threats with the gun in hand (15.7%), and theft (11.3%).

According to the workers, both police bodies act collectively.

The national coordinator of La Sala, Nubia Ordoñez, said that, "it is necessary that Costa Rica be consistent with its human rights protection speech for all the inhabitants of the country and recognize Sexual Women Workers and Sex Work as real labor."
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Banco Cathay refuses to manage Uber drivers money

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Cathay Bank will not open new bank accounts for Uber employees as long as the Uber service is illegal.

"Following the indication of the authorities that classifies the activity as non-legal, we are forced to proceed in this way," said Hairo Rodríguez, general manager of the financial institution.

This is the second bank to announce measures against Uber. On November 28, a spokesman for  the National Bank stated that it will not allow Uber drivers to open accounts to receive payments from the service and will close the accounts used for that purpose.

Banco Cathay will not close the existing accounts, but it will not allow the opening of accounts if the source of income is Uber.

The Uber Company started operations in the country in August 2015. Since then, it has not been possible to reach an agreement with the government regarding legality of the service.

On August 9, the president’s office issued resolution 082-P.  It orders the Ministries of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), the Regulatory Authority for Services Public (Aresep), the General Directorate of Taxation, and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) to strengthen the sanctions against the provision of illegal services.

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Cathay is the second bank refraining from doing business with Uber.

The government has even warned private companies of possible penalties for partnering with the Uber.

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Public sexual education programs will still be implemented


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Minister of Education, Sonia Mora, insisted on the need to deliver lessons on sexuality and appropriate affection to young people. Mora defended the programs despite a Catholic march that took place last Sunday, opposing the implementation of said curriculum.

The demonstrators showed their opposition to what they call gender ideology, marriage between people of the same gender, abortion and sex education classes promoted by the Ministry of Public Education (MEP).

The activity, which included a Eucharist, was organized by the Catholic Church and joined by other religions, conservative organizations, and seven presidential candidates.

"We are respectful of the point of view of different families, households and social groups, however it is a duty of the state to give education for affectivity and sexuality," Mora said.

She also said that these lessons seek a positive and balanced teaching and were created taking into account the needs of students based on age and maturity.

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Sexual education involving subjects such as homosexuality and femicide has sparked criticism from the conservative sector.

"These programs are a necessary response to major problems in the country such as child pregnancy, sexual abuse against minors, femicide, violence against women, lack of scientific information. If they want the kids to skip the classes, they are able to do so," she said.

Marchers dressed in white gathered to protect the values ​​and principles of the Costa Rican family, according to a statement.


Thousands of assets from extinct companies
remain in legal limbo


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since the Impuesto a las Personerías Jurídicas was created, 266,000 companies have been dissolved due to inactivity. According to the National Registry, some 18,300 of these have assets registered in their name. If former members do not resume them by the end of the grace period (December 15) the assets will remain in limbo.

Some of the assets include bank accounts, contracts, and agreements with third parties that currently lack representation. They are in limbo because the legal entity cannot sell, transfer, mortgage or pledge or make any use of them.

The Ley Lázaro (9485), or grace period came into force in October, paving the way for companies to dissolve without paying fines. Doing so would pave the way to recover any asset.

December 15 is the chance to pay taxes without fines and interest expires. January 15 is the deadline to file the deed of dissolution of the company.

If the deadline is not met, the interested parties will have to open a liquidation process, which will demand the appointment of a liquidator who will return the contributions of each one of the partners.

In Costa Rica, many people use their companies to protect assets such as their house, their car, their bank accounts, and others. Many have not noticed the dissolution of legal status and the status of their assets.

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Interested parties should address the Registro National to know what their current situation is.

These people are going to be involved in a legal difficulty, experts have warned.


The fact that a company dissolves does not exempt it from paying its debts to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and to Fodesaf (Social Development Fund and Family Allowances).

If the 18,300 legal persons with assets registered in their name pay taxes, it is estimated that the State will recover some ¢ 13,800 million.

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Health Ministries of the region seek further
protection for immigrants

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic, have requested a comprehensive health policy for migrants who are scattered in the region in order to protect the countries from the entry of new diseases.

"We have to come up with a regional policy focused on the human rights of migrants," said the president pro-tempore of the council and Panamanian health minister, Miguel Mayo, at the regional meeting in the Panamanian capital.

Mayo, who made the presentation of the report of the presidency of the second semester of 2017, explained that each government has its guidelines on immigration matters, but that at the level of health in each country, it is up to all inhabitants to deal with it.

"Even though there are geopolitical borders, from a health point of view there are no borders; viruses and bacteria walk from one place to another without having a barrier that limits in each country,” he explained.

The head of the Ministry of Health of Panama, said that it is convenient to treat all people in the country, as well as neighboring countries, to prevent diseases from being transferred.

In addition, the reports on Compliance with Commitments on Malaria and HIV, Inter-Sectoral Forum for Health, and the ministerial meeting of the social sector of the region were discussed.

The board also approved the Regulation of Joint Negotiation of Prices and Purchase of Medicines, Medical Devices and Other Goods of Health Interest.

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Cross-border disease and its prevention were part of the discussion in the forum.

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Ombudsman's office will intervene in the Sardinal conflict
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The conflict between the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) and a group of neighbors of Sardinal de Carrillo over the construction of an aqueduct in Guanacaste, is set for mediation Monday at the Ombudsman's Office, said the president of the AyA, Yamileth Astorga.

The conflict has reached the point that there were clashes between neighbors and the police Tuesday which resulted in arrests and several injuries.

The Sardinal Water Defense Committee demands the works be stopped immediately while a dialogue is held and they present all their concerns as to why they oppose the current construction project of the Sardinal-El Coco-Ocotal aqueduct.

"At this moment the Committee for the Defense of Water is asking to negotiate because we do not like the rules and the forms under which they are taking the water," said a spokesperson for the group, Marita Arce.

The president of the AyA said that this is not possible to make changes and that they visited the area many times to explain the work they will do and how the water will be distributed, but they did not have any response from the community.

Astorga mentioned that they have always been willing to talk, but that it is almost impossible when on the other side the answer is always negative.

"I have never said no to the dialogue, never ... The Ombudsman contacted me yesterday (Tuesday) to see if we can meet on Monday (December 11) for this issue and I told her yes,” said Mayorga.

The committee is worried that the studies that AyA used were carried out in 2008 and that now the situation is different. They are uncertain about whether the aquifer will continue to generate water at the same rate for 50 years.

However, Astorga explained that, although old studies were used, she took into account other reports and has made constant monitoring of the aquifer required to determine the amount of water capacity.

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Monserrat Solano is the Ombudsman of the Republic.

"They say there is a lack of information because they did not want to receive it," she added.

The monthly analysis prepared by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), the University of Costa Rica (UCR), and the AyA, has established that the aquifer can supply the population with more than 400 liters per second even in periods of drought, the official said.

However, the aqueduct that is being built will only take advantage of 70 liters per second for the coastal communities of the district.

The president of the AyA insisted that this project is to supply water to all the families of El Coco that need it and not only to the development projects. Among her explanations, she mentioned that El Coco aquifer should remain calm for a time so it can be healthy again.

The issue of water availability ignited the conflict between the AyA and the residents of Sardinal in 2008. The inhabitants of the area questioned the studies that enabled the project to start in the first place.

In 2009, The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court canceled the works due to lack of a proper feasibility study.

On Tuesday, the AyA denounced the injury of two police officers and an inspector of the institute. They  were injured by stones thrown by at least 60 people in Sardinal de Carrillo, Guanacaste.

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Route 32 work could leave the country without internet, association says

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Info-communication and Technology Chamber (Infocom) has warned that if proper planning is not made for the relocation of the wiring and fiber optics during the works of Ruta 32, the country could face a digital blackout.

According to Kenneth Solano, engineer of the National Road Council (Conavi), this is not just a problem for state institutions. Solano said the Conavi will be responsible for moving the infrastructure, but the service itself is responsibility of each operator and the state.

Providers will have to collaborate so that the services keep running, since Conavi is not going to accept full blame if something like that happens, said Solano

Infocom also pointed out a lack of coordination and little access to official authorities.

"They insisted that we hold the meeting, but it is not like I had an obligation to meet with them, why?  Because what we are going to move is the infrastructure that is under the administration of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE)," he said.

Solano explained there are reasons for that. ICE handles all the contractual matters of the operators but the infrastructure of the route is under the responsibility of the state operator.


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Lack of communications worries some experts.


Another fact pointed out by Solano is that there are still no definitive plans for the work or relocation of services.

"It is impossible to expect a project to have a definitive design. In no project are you going to find that as minor changes may be show up in the final document,”  Solano said.

The engineer also explained the Conavi is open to dialogue, but that they will require the collaboration of all the service operators so that the country does not suffer any connection issue.

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Letters to AM Costa Rica
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Dear A M Costa Rica:

It looks like that to the blacks are going to try to steamroll Costa Rica just like they have the US.

There is about every nationality in the world in the US but the hiring laws are just protecting the blacks. Costa Rica is just about the same so why are the politicians only protecting one race of people?

What about Chinese or Colombians or people from a dozen of other countries?

Robert Woodrow
Curridabat, Costa Rica





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Dear A M Costa Rica:

Related to article published here: http://amcostarica.com/120417.htm

I believe it was Nelson Rockefeller that officially toured Latin America decades ago for then President Nixon and was quoted as saying "this area is 50 years behind the USA in many aspects".

My exact words may be slightly off, but that was the thought. Your article about the racist efforts of a group of black people demanding that all Costa Rican companies must hire qualified African descendants is the old 'affirmative action' system of racism in the USA of old. 7% 'cultural inclusivism' has been debunked by the US Supreme Court.

Why 7%? Stupid.

Egyptian, Lybian, Algerian and many South Africans are 'white'. Are they part of this phony push to turn Costa Rica into a Benneton billboard?

Multi-cultural diversity pushers never give up.

Come on, people, it's the 21st. Century. Who needs old fashioned Marxist-Communist doctrine and failed ideas in Costa Rica. Inclusive hegemony should come naturally, not forced by some whiny minority.

Michael Staryk II, 
Coral Springs, Florida.
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Arbitration on Crucitas case halted by Tribunal

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Costa Rican Foreign Trade Ministry reported today that an arbitral tribunal has postponed the process on a claim by Canadian Mininng Company Infinito Gold for the cancellation of Crucitas gold mining project.

The tribunal decided to postpone its decision on jurisdiction until arguments are analyzed, due to the complexity of the case the Ministry explained in a press release.

This implies that the court will establish a new procedural calendar, which will define the dates for submitting briefs and an oral hearing.

The process would conclude with a decision of the court addressing both the allegations of jurisdiction and the arguments.

"This is a case of high national interest and the Government of Costa Rica will continue exercising the adequate defense of the country in the remainder of the process," said Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade.

This process takes place in the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and was initiated under an agreement between the Government of Costa Rica and Canada for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments.

The businessmen are requesting compensation from the Costa Rican government for the investments made and what they believe they lost in profits when the concession was cancelled, a situation that occurred when the country declared itself free from open-pit metal mining, the ministry said.

On 2013, Infinito Gold reported to the Ministry of Foreign Trade on breaches of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Costa Rica and Canada, which opened a period of six months to reach a friendly resolution, which for the company involves the reactivation of the Las Crucitas mining project, in the north of the country.



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Crucitas project faced strong opposition from environmental groups.


The Canadian company, Infinito Gold, sued the state for $1.092 billion regarding this case.

Of that, $92 million is what the firm had already invested over 20 years in studies and a first phase of construction of the mine, and $1 billion in money it did not receive from the operation of the mine.

The Contentious Administrative Court of Costa Rica declared resolutions of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and those of the Environmental Technical Secretariat with which the environmental viability and the mining concession were granted in 2010.

The Costa Rican prosecutor's office is investigating whether former president Óscar Arias and his environment minister, Roberto Dobles, committed any crime by granting a declaration of national interest and convenience to the mining project in 2008.

The company began to build the mine but never finished it and could not remove any gold due to apparent irregularities in the processing of permits and poor evaluation of possible environmental damages.
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