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Core of Costa Rica’s foreign policy

  • Esteban Quirós Salazar

    Head of mission, chargé d’affaires ad interim of Embassy of Costa Rica

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16 2019   /  01:41 am

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 and transformed the most important milita...