Translated from Spanish by Sarah Medina
The Afro-Costa Rican National Bureau wants to make it known to the national and international public that it is deeply concerned by the manifestations of racism and racial discrimination against an Afro-descendant player during a soccer match between Club Sport Cartaginés and Club Sport Herediano, which took place at the Fello Meza Stadium in Cartago on 31 March 2013. These manifestations, which are repeated in similar events, observed in an increasing number of acts of hatred, and directed towards people of African descent, are becoming more frequent and intense.
This is a challenge for all of us to not remain passive and raise awareness so that we strongly reject these acts, knowing that we are in a society shaped by history.
The State of Costa Rica must reaffirm its commitment and compliance with international obligations to prevent, combat and eradicate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, approved at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in 2001 in Durban, South Africa, and the Durban Review Conference which took place in 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland; also, being a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. These commitments remain in place but are pending on a National Action Plan against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.