The candidate of the National Restoration party, Fabricio Alvarado, said on Wednesday morning that he had already ruled out the option of leaving the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a position he had assumed on January 9th. Weeks ago he affirmed that it was not his first option and on Wednesday he stated they will seek a solution through diplomatic channels.
According to the candidate, the criterion of jurists influenced the decision.
The important thing is to find a diplomatic route, because we must consider it would be a cumbersome, slow process and we want to take care of other priorities, such as infrastructure, security and others,”
said Alvarado after the meeting with former President Rafael Ángel Calderón.
Throughout the political campaign the candidate has been criticized and questioned over his position against the LGBTI community and especially the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court in favor of marriage between people of the same sex.
The candidate and the former president spoke little about this issue during the meeting. Calderón reminded him that when he was Chancellor he fought for the Court to be in Costa Rica and during his government it was established here.
In addition, for Calderón, the Inter-American Court is fundamental. That body accepted his complaint against the State for the case of Caja Fischel, which finally went to trial resulting in his named being cleared by the Third Chamber. He assures that his human rights were violated throughout the process.
It is a polarizing issue that causes discomfort and the way in which is handled can cause even more polarization. We better choose to call for peace, because my desire is not to fight, nor has my speech been about hate,”
defended Alvarado, who seeks to no longer talk about this issue, but focus on the real problems of the country.