New Delegation Formed to Mediate on Behalf of LGBT Costa Rican Rights

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – In order to advance on the path of non-discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and intersex citizens in Costa Rica, the Government of the Republic agreed to establish an inter-institutional dialogue table to define policies to protect the rights of this population specific.

    The roundtable will include the Minister of Health, María Elena López;Labour Minister, Victor Morales; Executive President of the Costa Rican Social Security, María del Rocío Sáenz; and a representative of the Office of the Ombudsman. The first meeting of this committee will be on September 16.

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    This new delegation arose as a product product of an agreement between the Executive, represented by the second vice president Ana Helena Chacón, and the Diversity Movement.

    “The goal is to give voice to sectors that have been excluded for many years. We have set out to advance the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity through the instruments available to the executive branch,” said Chacon.

    Among the topics highlighted are the review of compliance with internal regulations that prevent job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring and in the performance of duties. In addition, they will establish training for officials in public health centers to provide adequate guidance on treatments and checkups without discrimination and respect for human rights for this sector of the population.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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