Afro Costa Rica

Challenging Discrimination and Inequality

The Cahuita Afro-descendant community has filed complaints against Costa Rica, claiming a violation of their right to equal protection and recognition under international law, as per the InterAmerican Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance.

Unfulfilled International Commitments

Costa Rica is accused of failing to fulfill its commitments under various international agreements, including the International Decade for People of African Descent, leading to legal action by the Afro-descendant community in Cahuita.

Law 6043

And the resolutions of the Constitutional Chamber
The Costa Rican State has legislated and adopted policies incompatible with pre-existing national and international legal obligations concerning the rights recognized for people of African descent.

It can be observed in Law 6043 of 1977 and the resolutions of the Constitutional Chamber, where vote 3113-09 annuls Law 8464 and vote 2375-17 rejects

Regressive Measures

The implementation of a series of regressive measures, such as officially repeal or suspending Afrodescendants from continuing to enjoy their rights, such as the right to title to property and not to be exposed to evictions.

Impact and Urgency

The Costa Rican state has refused to implement corrective measures regarding the dispossession of lands to the people of our communities.

For the mentioned reasons, we respectfully request that the IACHR send a letter under Article 41 to state of Costa Rica.

The Afro-descendant Tribal People of the South Caribbean are championing the rights of Afro-culture individuals to manage their territories and ancestral lands.
Recognition within the InterAmerican system is crucial, and protecting them from legal transgressions is essential.
Acknowledging and strengthening governance models on Afro lands is vital for fair benefits distribution in line with international conventions.
Upholding free, prior, and informed consent is necessary for initiatives on Afro-descendant grounds. It needs reparative actions for Afro-communities affected by national policies and projects in their territories.
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