By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
A prisoner from San Rafael’s correctional facility drafted a letter that was sent by the justice ministry to libertarian legislator, Natalia Díaz.
The letter comes in response to her particular outspokenness in opposition to a fair composed of prisoners that was scheduled to be held along the Bulevar near to the chambers of the assembly.
The controversy over allowing prisoners in such close proximity to legislative deputies, staffers and the general public sparked off a controversy that eventually turned into a verbal sparring match between the opposing deputies and the justice minister, Cecilia Sánchez.
“The right of our population to have opportunities of insertion and respect for human dignity is undeniable,” she said. “Faced with all sorts of prejudice and stereotypes, it will be unavoidable. We will have our fair because there will always be good sense in other people and other institutions that do understand this is a human rights issue.”
“Perhaps the challenge is not to open doors, but to open minds, especially with those who should be called and who are called to build a more inclusive society,” she stingingly added.
Eventually, the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz gave in and moved the event towards the closed quarters of the Centro Nacional de Cultural in San José on Wednesday this week.
One jailed man, Juan Carlos Siras, decided to take up the cause of prisoners located at the Vilma Curling, San Rafael, La Reforma facilities and juvenile detention center in Zurquí.
He carried different letters written by prisoners to deliver to the legislative deputies. The prisoner was under guard while delivering the documents to legislator Marco Vinicio Redondo, as representative for the assembly.
“Legislating is synonymous with guiding. Legislating is to educate. Legislating is to point out ways to the Costa Rican people and, for these reasons, nothing created allowing a prisoner the opportunity to enhance their human dignity through participation in a fair of arts and services should cause fear,” the letter to Ms. Díaz said.
“You are right to protect with your position the social rights of Costa Rican citizens, but I urge you vehemently from these humble words not to allow, in your capacity as a deputy, social prejudice win over solidarity or to teach children and young people of our country intolerance or that it is good to alienate their peers who are in unequal conditions and political power take away the hope of re-socialization.”