Legislature approves treaty against racism

Lawmakers approved for the second and final time Monday a bill that brings Costa Rica into an interAmerican treaty against racism and discrimination. The vote was unanimous.

Maureen Clarke Clarke, head of the Partido Liberación Nacional in the legislature, said that the treaty establishes duties for the Costa Rican state to eliminate and sanction various forms of discrimination. The treaty covers both public and private acts.

The treaty also creates an interAmerican committee to monitor adherence.

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