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Core of Costa Rica’s foreign policy

  • Esteban Quirós Salazar

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16, 2019   /  02:52 pm
Core of Costa Rica’s foreign policy Oscar Arias, President of the Arias Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president of Costa Rica, attends the Arms Trade Treaty meeting in Cancun August 24, 2015. (Reuters/Victor Ruiz Garcia)

Most Indonesians I have met are knowledgeable about Costa Rica. Although Costa Rica is a small country in Central America with a little over 5 million people — less than half of Jakarta’s population — it has a long history. This year we celebrated the 198th anniversary of our independence. In 1869, free and obligatory primary education was established and in 1882 Costa Rica abolished capital punishment. This principle is protected in the Constitution of the Republic of Costa Rica, which provides that “human life is inviolable”. These two events laid the foundation of our commitment to strong rule of law under civilian power, egalitarian social culture and the axis of the country´s future foreign policy. On Dec. 1, 1948, after a short civil war in which 2,000 people were killed, then-president José Figueres Ferrer abolished the military ...

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