Loss of U.N. seat brings on blame game

Costa Rican officials are finger pointing because the country did not win reelection to the U.N. Human Rights Council

The country finished fourth in a four-way race for three seats.  The winners in this region are Bolivia, Paraguay and El Salvador.

Although the human rights council has been subject to strong criticism, Costa Rica is a major supporter of the United Nations.

The foreign ministry blames the Laura Chinchilla administration for not campaigning hard enough for the seat.

Costa Rica could have served two consecutive three-year terms.

Sandra Piszk Feinzilber, a lawmaker, characterized the vote as a defeat for the foreign policy of the country.

The council, itself, has been subject to plenty of criticism because some of the members are countries not well regarded for their practices of human rights.

Venezuela, Cuba and China are current members.

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