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Human Rights Practice in Costa Rica

  • State Reports and Profiles 























CIA World Fact Book


Reports of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Amnesty International Online Documentation Archive


Freedomhouse Report

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007


Human Rights Watch Country Profile


U.S. Department of State International Religious Freedom Report

2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006


U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

  • Courts and legal instruments




















Supreme Court (Spanish)

First Chamber: constitutional matters

Second Chamber: criminal matters

Third Chamber: Civil, administrative and agrarian matters

Fourth Chamber: Civil ,succession law, labor and family law


Court of Audit (Spanish)

Labor Appellate Courts (Spanish)


Jurisprudence (Spanish)

Supreme Court

First Chamber

Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica on the subject of disability

Jurisprudence of Second Chamber of the Supreme Court


Constitution & background information


Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Status of Ratification of the Core International Human Rights Instruments

  • Government









President (Spanish)

Legislative Assembly (Spanish)

Government  (Spanish)


Ministry of External Relations and Worship (Spanish)´

Ministry of Justice (Spanish)


Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica)

Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica)

  • Organizations





Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress (Fundación Arias para la Paz y el Progreso Humano)

Centro de Investigación y Promoción para América Central de Derechos Humanos (CIPAC) (Spanish only)

La Defensoria de los Habitantes (Spanish only)

  • Research


National Institute of Women