Sonntag, Oktober 12, 2014

Präsident von Costa Rica richtet Kommission für Männerrechte ein

Ich liebe es, wenn Länder wie Costa Rica zivilisierter, demokratischer und fortschrittlicher sind als sämtliche europäischen und nordamerikanischen Staaten:

Casa Presidencial has promised a men’s rights advocacy group that it will form a new interagency commission to study legal imbalances in domestic abuse, custody rights and child support policy in Costa Rica.

President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration on Monday related the news to members of the Foundation to Support Men (FUNDIAPHO), which last week marched from their offices in the northeastern San José suburb of Guadalupe to Solís’ residence in Barrio Escalante, east of the capital.

FUNDIAPHO Director Miguel Herrera Córdoba said presidential adviser Luis Emilio Jiménez told him Solís had accepted the group’s proposal for the commission’s creation. A follow-up meeting was scheduled for Oct. 14.

"A new era will soon begin for Ticos and Costa Rican society," Herrera told The Tico Times. "We are extremely excited, and we hope to finally achieve true gender equality."

(...) "Women who are victims of abuse are offered free counseling and health care. Abused men, meanwhile, get nothing," Herrera said.

During last week’s protest, members of the group noted that Costa Rica has adopted several laws to protect women and children from domestic violence, and to ensure that men are held responsible for child support. But no legislation has been passed to protect men’s rights, they said.

"We know that there are abusive men. But there are also abusive women, and that number is increasing," Herrera said last June during a protest outside the Supreme Court.

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