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LGBTQI Rights Defenders Sound Alarm over Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

Alliances of politicians, young and progressive groups are alarmed by one of the presidential candidate

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Alliances of politicians, young and progressive groups are alarmed by one of the presidential candidates, Fabricio Alvarado, who comes from a religious background and has suggested that Costa Rica should separate from the Inter-Aamerican Human Rights Court for ruling in favor of defending LGBTQI people's rights. Photo by Julieth Méndez.

Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz and Carlos Alvarado Quesada will vie for president of Costa Rica in a closely contested election scheduled for April 1, 2018. Defenders of human rights and the LGBTQI community are concerned that if religious candidate Fabricio Alvarado wins, they face grave risk.

Fabricio Alvarado, a psalmist and Christian singer, belongs to the Partido de Restaruación Nacional (National Restoration Party–PRN), representing the most conservative party on the Costa Rican political scene. Carlos Alvarado Quesada represents Partido Acción Ciudadana (Citizen Action Party–PAC).

Costa Rican feminist groups are most alarmed by Fabricio Alvarado’s campaign proposal to convert the National Institute of Women (a ministerial institution) into the “Family Institute.”

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