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As Tica as can be

There is a special type of chicken called the  gallina criolla that would win the affection of animal rights activists.

These are the household chickens that have evolved in Costa Rica and have basically had free range since the Colonial period. Sometimes they are called patio chickens because of where they roam.

Producers say this is more healthy and keeps the birds stress-free. They are sometimes without tails and usually black with a white face or with reddish orange feathers.

The gallina criolla is the honored guest at a festival near Quepos this weekend. Our story is HERE!
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No longer on menu

The wild pig is called a saína in Costa Rica and much of Central America. The correct English term would be peccary, although that word has Caribbean roots. These also are called javalinas.

The animal is a species separate from the European pig, which is an import.  But they are as edible.

So this female was saved from the stove when Fuerza Pública officers found it caged in a remote ravine in Pococí, Limón. Workers from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía will put the critter in a refuge until it can be released.

This one fared better than the one whose head police found being carried by a motorcyclist earlier this week.

The taking of wild animals is illegal. But a 50- to 60-pound package of free meat is hard for some to resist.




Hey, chicken bull!

Alas, expats may not get the chance to bust into the ring on the back of a fighting bull later this month. Or face one down in the arena.

The health ministry is not too impressed by Plaza López in Santa Cruz where the Cruz Roja plans to hold again a fiesta with traditional toros a la tica.

But don't put away the funny hat and medical insurance papers yet. Residents and a lawmaker are campaigning for the bull fights to go on. They say it is a tradition 100 years old.

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U.S. expat dies in crash on Pacific coast

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A United States citizen is dead after his car crashed off the Inter-American Highway in Piedras Blancas, Osa. Officers said they found Christian Phillip Austin, 37, early Wednesday morning inside the wrecked Toyota 4Runner.

A press representative from the Judicial Investigating Organization confirmed that Austin's body was not protected by a seatbelt, although it remained inside the vehicle after the crash.

Judicial investigators said that the man had lived in Quepos for several years.

As of Wednesday evening, investigators and a U. S. Embassy spokesman said any further information was unknown.


Women's group to host story teller

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Professional story teller Michale Gabriel will share her techniques with the    Professional Women's Group of the non-profit Women’s Club of Costa Rica June 21 at Tin Jo Restaurant  at 9:30 a.m. The women's group said the topic will be marketing through story telling:  tips and lessons learned in the fine art of communication.

Ms. Gabriel, who now lives in Costa Rica, has extensive experience in the United States and internationally in helping others to communicate effectively. Her company is Story by Design.

The group said that she will offer some practical guidance on identifying and developing personal story material, delivering with intentionality, power and impact and how to connect and build trust by listening for values 

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Traffic laws unenforced and meaningless

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

A couple of comments I would like to make

It appears that the motor vehicle laws in this beautiful country have absolutely no meaning, and no consequences. Hence the many deaths and accidents here. If motorists and cyclists, too were made to pay their fines, have their licenses suspended and their vehicle insurance doubled, there wouldn’t be no where’s near the amount of traffic accidents, deaths, and innocent people maimed for life. Also the courts would have all that extra money to help with the cost of running the government and enforcing these rules.

Many, many of us from the States obey our traffic laws, not because we are so conscientious or so ready to obey the law. We all get the urge to drive faster then we should and make ridiculous maneuvers that are so dangerous to not only ourselves but to so many innocent people. We are extremely aware of the heavy fines that are imposed, points added to our drivers licenses, the cost of paying a much higher insurance premium and jail time. These are things we are not willing to compromise and certainly do not want to be punished. So most of us obey those traffic laws. There are many who don’t, and they either wind up in jail, pay very heavy fines that leave their family in dire need, kill themselves and others or lose their privilege to drive.

Also want to say that the Hospital Calderón in San José has the most disgusting housekeeping I have ever run across in my life and the only place I have ever been in that believe it or not does not have any toilet paper in their bathrooms. It is grossly unsanitary. How do they ever expect patients to get well.

I have been wanting to let someone know of these concerns for a very long time. Not that anything will be done about it. Government here is very strange and does not deal at all fairly with the problems facing them. They allow criminals to make the rules especially those who might have gotten a driving ticket.

Judith M. Hodge/Alvarado
San Joaquin de Flores


Red meat, cancer linked in new study

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Eating red meat as an early adult could increase the risk of breast cancer, according to new research.

Researchers from Harvard University analyzed data on over 88,000 premenopausal women aged 26 to 45 who are taking part in the Nurse’s Health Study II and completed a questionnaire on their eating habits in 1991.

The Nurse’s Health study has been monitoring the health of female registered nurses since 1976.

Red meat included unprocessed beef, pork, lamb and hamburger, and processed red meat included hot dogs, bacon and sausage.

For the questionnaire, the nurses were asked to rate the frequency they ate red meat from among nine categories ranging from “never or less than once per month” to “six or more per day.”
 
Taking into account factors like age, height, weight, family history and race, the researchers were able to identify 2,830 cases of breast cancer over 20 years.
 
Using statistical modeling, the researchers say they were able to estimate breast cancer risks for women with different diets. They said that for each increase from among the nine options for red meat consumption, there was an increase in developing breast cancer.
 
Researchers said a higher intake of red meat was associated with a 22 percent increase in risk of breast cancer. Each additional serving per day upped the risk by 13 percent.
 
Substituting chicken for one serving of red meat per day actually reduced the risk of breast cancer by 17 percent, the study said.
 
In concluding, the study’s authors said that eating a lot of red meat in early adulthood "may be a risk factor for breast cancer, and replacing red meat with a combination of legumes, poultry, nuts and fish may reduce the risk of breast cancer."
 
They cautioned, however that further study of the relation between diet in early adulthood and cancer is needed.
 
A diet high in red meat has long been linked to colon cancer and pancreatic cancer, but its relationship to breast cancer has been little understood.
 
Not all were convinced by the study.
 
“As several researchers who have analyzed this study have already pointed out, the totality of the available evidence indicates that red meat consumption has little or no effect on breast cancer risk,” said the American Meat Institute’s vice president for scientific affairs, Betsy Booren, in an emailed statement.
 
“This study with extremely weak associations based on self-reported food intake doesn’t add much to our current knowledge on this complex condition. It is well known that the best steps women can take to reduce their breast cancer risk are maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, reducing alcohol consumption and not smoking.”
 
Another expert said the study was not definitive.
 
"The women who ate less red meat may have a healthier lifestyle, and that reduces their risk of cancer, Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told the Web site Healthday. “The increased risk tied to red meat might only stand in for other unhealthy behaviors," she said. "A healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of cancer in general."
 
Mia Gaudet, director of genetic epidemiology at the American Cancer Society, said that eating red meat as an early adult could be connected to increased risk of developing breast cancer.
 
"Breasts are still developing and are more susceptible to carcinogens before women have their first full-term pregnancy," she said.
 
The American Cancer Society recommends people eat a plant-based diet.

"It's important to have a healthy lifestyle throughout your life and not just as you get older and more worried about cancer," Ms. Gaudet said. "People should perhaps consider ordering a salad or a vegetarian option sometime."

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Three fishing boats in Pacific yield 4.1 tons of cocaine, officials say
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Coast Guard forces achieved a record by confiscating 4.1 metric tons of cocaine early Wednesday. Authorities said they found the drugs aboard three separate fishing boats along the Pacific coast and detained 11 men in all.

Minister of Seguridad Pública Celso Gamboa said it's the largest seizure of cocaine in Costa Rican history. He also confirmed that local coast guard and drug control police again worked with U. S. Coast Guard units to carry out the triple boarding. They gave this account:

The first boat, named "Capitán Panchana," was found off the southeast coast of Punta Burica on the Panamanian border with four men hauling 1,900 kilograms of cocaine. On the second stop, authorities found four more suspects on the "Cabo Kiyomi" fishing boat near Quepos
where they seized another ton of the drug. And the final encounter carried out by both the U.S. and Costa Rican Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas units yielded 1,246 kilograms of cocaine from aboard the "Kimberly I," found just southeast of Cabo Matapalo.

The three successive busts took place between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Last week President Luis Guillermo Solís reiterated his support for the joint patrols with the U.S. Monday legislators in the Asamblea Legislative voted to extend the coordinated battle on drug trafficking by allowing U.S. Coast Guard boats in Costa Rican docks for another year.

All 11 detainees are Costa Rican nationals. More than seven tons of cocaine have been confiscated since the beginning of May when the new administration took office.


Traditional chicken to be honored by a weekend fiesta near Quepos
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This weekend the Central Pacific is hosting an homage to all things chicken. The annual Feria del Gallina Criolla celebrates the Costa Rican chicken with more than just vendors dolling out delicious poultry dishes. Gallina criolla is a type of hen or chicken generally known in Costa Rica to be larger than in other parts of Central America and can be reddish or black in color.

There is a full schedule of dancing, live music, and children's games on tap. And don't worry, the fair isn't getting in the way of the World Cup. Costa Rica's opener against Uruguay on Saturday will be aired on a big screen on the campgrounds.

Festival coordinators also have a soccer tournament of their own planned for guests. The semifinals and final of La Copa Gallina will be played on Sunday.

Events begin on Friday and continue until Sunday afternoon at El Silencio de Quepos Savegre de Aguirre. Sponsors are the Consorcio Cooperativo Red Ecoturística Nacional and the Cooperativa El Silencio de Quepos. Festivities start Friday at 10 a.m.
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Scene from a previous fiesta


Lawmaker joins with Santa Cruz residents to fight for bull riding
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A lawmaker says that he will go directly to President  Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera for an urgent audience to keep the bull ring open in Santa Cruz.

The Plaza López is the site of the Fiestas de Santiago from July 25 to 27. But the Ministerio de Salud has closed the central attraction, the bull ring. The location also is the site of a similar event next January.

The lawmaker, Juan Rafael Marín Quirós, said that he seeks to solve the problem once and for all, according to a release from his Partido Liberación Nacional.

The Guanacaste lawmaker said that oral and written traditions say
that the fiesta has a more-than-100-year history. Mounting a bull in the rural style, he said, is the expression of the best of the cultural riches of the province. He used the term la tradicional monta de toros al estilo rústico.

Participants also engage in traditional toro a la Tica or informal bull fighting.

Residents of the community marched last weekend through Santa Cruz to demonstrate their unhappiness and to apply pressure to the health ministry, which has declined to issue permits for the fiestas. The fiesta benefits the local Cruz Roja.

Marín also said he wants to see the ministry files of similar events for which the health ministry has issued permits over the last five years.

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Researchers link human language to bird songs and primate chatter
By the Massachusetts Institute of Technology news staff

On the island of Java, in Indonesia, the silvery gibbon, an endangered primate, lives in the rain forests. In a behavior that’s unusual for a primate, the silvery gibbon sings: It can vocalize long, complicated songs, using 14 different note types, that signal territory and send messages to potential mates and family.

Far from being a mere curiosity, the silvery gibbon may hold clues to the development of language in humans. In a newly published paper, two  Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors assert that by re-examining contemporary human language, they can see indications of how human communication could have evolved from the systems underlying the older communication modes of birds and other primates.

From birds, the researchers say, humans derived the melodic part of language and from other primates, the pragmatic, content-carrying parts of speech. Sometime within the last 100,000 years, those capacities fused into roughly the form of human language.

But how? Other animals, it appears, have finite sets of things they can express. Human language is unique in allowing for an infinite set of new meanings. What allowed unbounded human language to evolve from bounded language systems?

“How did human language arise? It’s far enough in the past that we can’t just go back and figure it out directly,” says linguist Shigeru Miyagawa, professor of Japanese language and culture. “The best we can do is come up with a theory that is broadly compatible with what we know about human language and other similar systems in nature.”

Specifically, Miyagawa and his co-authors think that some apparently infinite qualities of modern human language, when reanalyzed, actually display the finite qualities of languages of other animals — meaning that human communication is more similar to that of other animals than is generally realized.

“Yes, human language is unique, but if you take it apart in the right way, the two parts we identify are in fact of a finite state,” Miyagawa says. “Those two components have antecedents in the animal world. According to our hypothesis, they came together uniquely in human language.”

The current paper, “The Integration Hypothesis of Human Language Evolution and the Nature of Contemporary Languages,” was published this week in Frontiers in Psychology.

The paper’s conclusions build on past work by Miyagawa, which holds that human language consists of two distinct layers: the expressive layer, which relates to the mutable structure of sentences, and the lexical layer, where the core content of a sentence resides.

That idea, in turn, is based on previous work by linguistics scholars including Noam Chomsky.

The expressive layer and lexical layer have antecedents, the researchers believe, in the languages of birds and other mammals.  For instance, in another paper published last year, Miyagawa and others presented a broader case for the connection between the

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expressive layer of human language and birdsong, including similarities in melody and range of beat patterns.

Birds, however, have a limited number of melodies they can sing or recombine, and nonhuman primates have a limited number of sounds they make with particular meanings. That would seem to present a challenge to the idea that human language could have derived from those modes of communication, given the seemingly infinite expression possibilities of humans.

But the researchers said they think certain parts of human language actually reveal finite-state operations that may be linked to the ancestral past.

To be sure, the researchers acknowledge, their hypothesis is a work in progress. After all, Charles Darwin and others have explored the connection between birdsong and human language. Now, Miyagawa says, the researchers think that “the relationship is between birdsong and the expression system,” with the lexical component of language having come from primates. Indeed, as the paper notes, the most recent common ancestor between birds and humans appears to have existed about 300 million years ago, so there would almost have to be an indirect connection via older primates — even possibly the silvery gibbon.

Researchers are still exploring how these two modes could have merged in humans, but the general concept of new functions developing from existing building blocks is a familiar one in evolution.

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This is the Weishel statue in Washington

Fire dog and handler win
admiration in Washington

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Washington, DC, is famous for monuments that honor presidents or heroism during war.

But in a recent contest sponsored by the Washington Post, the most popular monument is not on the National Mall in front of the Capital, but downtown in front of a fire station. And it is neither a giant in height nor reputation.

Instead, the life-size monument depicts a Labrador retriever, gazing up at a fireman in a rumpled uniform, who smiles back at his faithful canine partner. 

“It’s a pretty great honor to be the top monument in D.C. It’s quite cool," said Austin Weishel, 25, an artist who lives in Loveland, Colorado, who created the National Fire Dog sculpture. "There’s no other words to describe it."

Weishel was guided toward art by a disability that makes it hard to read, a condition called dyslexia.

Compared to his struggle with reading words, Weishel says making art was easy, especially sculpting in clay, so he decided to excel at that.

In high school, Weishel refined his skills in clay.  He also worked at a bronze foundry, where fiery furnaces heat stone cauldrons filled with metal ingots into a white hot, glowing soup.  As the metal cools to a bright orange, it's poured into plaster casts. Once the bronze solidifies, it’s on its way to becoming a statue. With this new knowledge, Weishel began transforming his small clay statues into bronze.

In addition to art, Weishel pursued another passion, one that involves a different side of fire. He became a volunteer firefighter. 

“I always was attracted to the fire department," he said. "I lived in Chicago right next to a fire department.”

When he was 19, Weishel’s Colorado fire department helped him combine his passions by asking him to make a statue.
 
“They said, 'Hey, we’re doing a new museum and we’d like you to do a piece of artwork for us,'" he recalled.
 
Weishel’s first life-size statue depicts a fireman, reaching out to a child.  It's titled “Follow your Dream.” After seeing the statue, another Colorado firefighter followed his own dream.  He suggested that Weishel make a sculpture honoring firemen who team up with dogs trained to sniff for flammable chemicals after a suspicious fire.

The statue pays tribute to dogs like Holly, a friendly Labrador retriever. She helps arson investigator Mike Manzo search through houses for flammable residues after suspicious fires.

“She trusts me at fire scenes to search areas that most people probably wouldn’t go into," Manzo said. "They’re a very useful tool to get through a fire scene fairly quick, where a person with a mechanical detector in place of a canine nose, it would take hours.”
 
Weishel’s fire dog monument is titled, “From Ashes to Answers,” and Manzo says it accurately depicts the teamwork that a man and a dog need, in order to find answers to an arson crime.
 
“The canine is looking up at the firefighter’s eyes, and their, their bond," Manzo said. "Even at a fire scene, the dog is looking for the handler to see what we do next.”
 
Since bronze can last thousands of years, Weishel said he hopes his sculpture will be a timeless testament to his passion for art, and the bond between arson investigators and their dogs.


Eric Cantor
primary defeat
shifts whole political scene

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The shockwaves shook Washington beginning late Tuesday and throughout the day Wednesday.

House Majority leader Eric Cantor, the second most powerful lawmaker in the House of Representatives, lost a primary challenge to David Brat, an underfunded challenger with grassroots backing from Tea Party activists.  Cantor announced at an afternoon press conference that he would be stepping down from his leadership post as of July 31.

The defeat of a high-ranking member of Congress is rare, especially in a party primary election.  The fact that it was completely unexpected has put a lot of Republicans on high alert, unwilling to do anything that might spark an angry reaction from conservative activists back home.

So what’s the big deal about the Cantor defeat?  Plenty.

For starters, immigration reform may be a dead issue in this session of Congress.

Don’t like the current state of U.S. partisan politics?  Too bad, because there’s more to come and it’s probably only going to get to worse.

Fascinated by the ongoing battle between mainstream Republicans and the Tea Party?  Good, because there is plenty more to come, not just this election year but in the 2016 presidential year as well.

The most immediate victim in the wake of Eric Cantor’s defeat may be the push for immigration reform in the House.

House Republican leaders had talked about doing small bits of immigration legislation as a counter to a more sweeping bill that was passed by the Senate.

But Cantor was criticized for his support for a version of the so-called Dream Act, which sets up a path to citizenship for immigrant children who were brought to the country illegally.  Cantor fought back against those who saw him as too liberal on immigration reform, but it was too late.

That could have a chilling effect on any number of House Republicans who may have been toying with the idea of supporting immigration reform in smaller increments.

The national political implications of that could be enormous.

Many Republican leaders are convinced that unless they support some version of immigration reform, the growing Hispanic-American vote in the U.S. will increasingly go Democratic, making it harder for Republicans to win the presidency.

In 2012, President Barack Obama lost the white vote but he was able to patch together a winning coalition thanks to strong support from Hispanics, African-American voters and Asian-American voters, the fastest growing group of all.

As University of Virginia expert Geoffrey Skelley said, “If immigration is seen to be part of the factor . . . then I think it will make it more difficult to find Republican votes to pass immigration reform or even bring it to the floor out of fear of angering people who will vote against them in the primaries.”

The key word there is fear.

Nothing drives politicians like fear, and right now many Republicans are going to be most concerned with how they avoid a future primary challenge from well-funded Tea Party opponents chomping at the bit to run against anyone who is seen as too lenient on immigration.

In recent years, Cantor has been a key bridge between mainstream Republican elements in the House and Tea Party supporters.  That was seen in the government shutdown dance last October.

House leaders like Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner did not have the clout to stop Tea Party lawmakers from pushing the idea of a government shutdown.  They had to wait them out and three weeks later, once public opinion turned on them, the Tea Party group was forced to capitulate.

After that showdown, the Republican Party’s mainstream old guard appeared to have the upper hand.  Many Republicans had turned back Tea Party primary challengers this year.  That is, until the Cantor defeat.

Defeating Cantor has re-energized the national Tea Party elements.

The irony is those groups did little to defeat Cantor.  Local grassroots activists played a role and they remain the most powerful asset the Tea Party has.

The next target for the Tea Party is Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.  He has been forced into a runoff Republican primary on June 24 against State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who has become one of the Tea Party’s best hopes this year.

National Tea Party leaders are now eager to build momentum from the Cantor defeat and whip up support among activists to get out and vote against Cochran later this month.

Up until the Cantor defeat, the Republican establishment was confident they had beaten back the influence of the Tea Party this year.  But the Cantor loss will likely serve to refuel the Tea Party, both in this year’s election cycle and in the upcoming shuffle of House Republican leaders.

L. Brent Bozell III, the chairman of ForAmerica, which supports Tea Party themes, said “The grassroots is in revolt and marching.”

In the short term, the Cantor defeat is likely to make Republicans less willing to compromise with Democrats and President Obama.

The cost of angering conservatives and Tea Party activists back in their home districts is just too great.  That does not portend a great final two years of the Obama presidency in terms of dealing with Congress.

As for this year’s congressional midterm elections, most political analysts say Republicans are well-positioned to hold on to their majority in the House and perhaps even increase it.

The real battle this year is for control of the Senate.  A shift of six Democratic seats into the Republican column would give the party control of both chambers of Congress for the next two years, making it unlikely that President Obama would be able to get much of his agenda passed.

Democrats see some potential good news down the line in the Cantor defeat.

A resurgence of the Tea Party in 2014 could heat up the civil war with the Republican establishment well into the 2016 presidential campaign cycle.  That might make it harder for Republicans to eventually nominate the kind of moderate conservative who generally does well in presidential elections.

Many political analysts believe that the public will be hungry for change in 2016 after eight years of the Obama presidency.  Historically speaking that should give the Republican Party a good shot at retaking the White House, provided they nominate a candidate who is acceptable to moderate and independent voters.

Republican presidential contenders will face a major challenge in 2016. How can they convince Tea Party activists that they are true conservatives in the primaries and then pivot to present themselves as moderates in the general election against a Democrat like, for the sake of argument, Hillary Clinton?


Immigration advocates plan
more grassroots efforts


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With more than four million first generation immigrants living within New York state borders, government officials, immigrant advocates and community members often attend conferences that address their many complex legal, political and humanitarian concerns.

Until now, there has been little coordination or constructive conversation among those stakeholders, but the recent “This Land is Your Land Too” conference in a packed Manhattan meeting hall aimed to change that.

“I think the importance of today is that we’re seeing representatives of community-based agencies, not-for-profit groups who work with immigrants coming down, sitting with government officials at the New York City, state and even the federal government levels,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales.

It is easy to understand why immigrants wish to be welcomed, and Perales said New York State has an economic interest in doing so.

“From a very selfish perspective, these newcomers are very important to our economy. They provide labor. They start businesses. We want to make sure that immigrants stay in New York, and understand that they are wanted in New York State,” he said.
     
Nisha Agarwal, New York City’s commissioner for immigrant affairs, would like to make it easier for immigrants to stay. She supports immigration reform that helps undocumented immigrants gain legitimacy and eases the path to citizenship.

“People’s lives are transformed. They can be pulled out of poverty and stay out of poverty if they have appropriate legal status,” she said, adding that the rules currently in place are a bureaucratic and humanitarian disaster.    

“Breadwinners being deported and permanently removed from their families; kids are entering foster care because of that, and just people living in fear because they don’t have appropriate immigration status. That’s not in anybody’s interest,” Agarwal said.

She said city-sponsored focus groups recently established that one out of four young immigrants were technically eligible for legal relief but did not know it.

“So they’ve been living undocumented and they don’t have to be. I think that’s astounding.” 

Attorney Camille Mackler of the New York Immigration Coalition says that getting accurate legal information to both rural and urban immigrants can be challenging but for different reasons.  

“In New York City, we face communities that are a lot more insular, a lot more closed in on themselves, where we are having a hard time getting the trust of the communities to have them come out and meet with representatives outside their communities to get help," Mackler said.

"Upstate, the problem is that they are spread out and they are also not participating in any sort of civic life. They are not part of the towns. They purposely stay outside of the towns because they fear profiling, they fear discrimination, and they fear law enforcement,” she said.

Getting adequate legal representation can be especially difficult for rural immigrants. Many work on farms and cannot make a daytime appointment with a lawyer. Without documentation, they cannot get drivers' licenses. This can put city-based lawyers out of reach as well.

To help, the New York Immigration Coalition, which organized this conference, runs a government-funded program to train local grassroots advocates who are not attorneys.

Other groups help make it easier for immigrants to get to English classes, to connect with skills and job training opportunities, and to obtain practical support for starting a business, all efforts to let immigrants know that this land is their land too.

  
Drones in U.S. finally
get approval for one use


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. regulators have approved the first use of commercial drones in the United States, giving an industry that is expected to create thousands of jobs and reap billions of dollars a step forward.  The unmanned aerial vehicles will inspect oil facilities in remote Alaska. But it's just the first step toward creating rules intended to maintain safety in crowded skies while still allowing entrepreneurs to create a whole new industry.

Camera drones can create stunning videos, giving viewers the sensations of effortless flight.

Creating such pictures for movies or television once required expensive manned aircraft.  But rapidly improving computers, software, communications and electronics - along with much experimentation by entrepreneurs - means an unmanned vehicle costing a few thousand dollars can do the job and perform a fast-growing number of other tasks.  Online retail giant Amazon is experimenting with drones to deliver packages.

The University of California, Davis is experimenting with Japanese drones to spray insecticide in the hope that it will be more precise and cheaper than manned aircraft or ground operations.

The head of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Michael Toscano, hopes U.S. officials will soon make rules that allow these and other drones to operate safely away from other planes and allow this infant industry to blossom and grow. 

“In the first three years there would be over $13.6 billion of economic benefit and about 70,000 new jobs," said Toscano.

Experts say the drone industry involves small entrepreneurs as well as large technology companies and is growing at an exponential  rate.

In an interview from Hong Kong, the head of drone company Team BlackSheep, Raphael Pirker, says his work is maturing from an entertaining hobby to a serious business.

“Now it’s getting more to the point where business is getting involved and the bottom line matters. They will calculate the cost of, for example, a film crew in a real helicopter versus a film crew with a drone and the benefits of that, how good is the picture quality," said Pirker.

A key expert says companies will find more and more uses for smaller, relatively inexpensive drones, and those new ways of doing business may change society.
 
Keith Hayward of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London said “It just makes a difference, a significant difference, not necessarily a revolution in the way we organize society."

Military unmanned vehicles are built and operated by the United States and many other nations.  They have played a controversial role in spying and fighting wars.  In many cases, military drones resemble combat aircraft in their complexity, large size and multi-million dollar costs.  

Most commercial drones evolved from radio controlled model aircraft.  They are relatively cheap, usually weigh a kilogram or so, and are more likely to carry a package or a pizza than a bomb.


Hagel defends Taliban swap
and failure to tell Congress


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said exceptional circumstances did not allow time to provide advance notice to Congress about the release of captured Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday the decision to free five Taliban detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl was a tough call.

He faced tough questions from lawmakers about the Obama administration's decision to not inform Congress ahead of time or give them details of the exchange, which has drawn criticism from lawmakers in both parties.

Rep. Howard McKeon, the Republican chairman of the committee, criticized the Obama administration of failing to consult with lawmakers over the exchange and said the move violated laws governing the transfer of Guantanamo detainees.

Hagel agreed that the administration may have fallen short on keeping lawmakers fully informed of the deal, but he stressed concerns that if details of the plan were leaked, it may have unraveled. He added that they viewed this option as a last chance to win Bergdahl's release.

McKeon called the exchange "deeply disturbing," saying "this transfer sets a dangerous precedent in negotiating with terrorists."

However, Hagel argued that Bergdahl was a prisoner of war, not a hostage, and winning his release conforms to long-standing U.S. policy to recover military personnel held captive.

"There are legitimate questions about this prisoner exchange," Hagel said. But "I would never agree to any decision that wasn't in the best interest of this country, nor would the president of the United States.

"In the decision to rescue Sergeant Bergdahl, we complied with the law, and we did what we believed was in the best interests of our country, our military, and Sergeant Bergdahl," Hagel said.

Last month, the Taliban agreed to free Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan for five years. In exchange, the U.S. agreed to free five high-level Taliban prisoners from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 
Obama administration officials have been defending a decision to move forward on the exchange without providing Congress the required 30-day notice before Guantanamo inmates are released.

Hagel described, in general terms, the details of the prisoner exchange and the administration's rationale for keeping the deal quiet.

Hagel called the attempt to free Bergdahl an extraordinary situation that had to consider numerous moving parts, including concerns about Bergdahl's health and safety, last-minute arrangements over where and when the hand-off would occur, and fears that the Taliban might not hold up their end of the deal.

In April, he said, the Taliban signaled an interest in indirect talks for an exchange. The U.S. then began intensified discussions with Qatar, which was acting as an intermediary.

On May 12, Hagel said, the U.S. and Qatar reached an agreement that detailed the specific security measures, including travel restrictions and monitoring, that would be undertaken and enforced by Qatar, should they take custody of any Taliban prisoners.

More specific security measures were to be discussed in a closed portion of the hearing.
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8382-7/5/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

organic
Stunning organic ocean view home site in San Ramón
2.93 acres, only $60,000

Gorgeous homesite on organic land available for quick sale! Only 10 minutes to downtown San Ramón and within a terrific private community. Close to town but away from it all! Features amazing views of the ocean, great sunsets every night and privacy. Multiple building spots. Comparable lots in the area are selling for $75,000 to over $100,000! At 11,864 square meters, or $5 per square meter, this is a great investment too! This lot is priced to move! Looking for a quick sale, so no tire kickers please! See Web site for additional information and photos. or email bizcr@hotmail.com
Tel: CR (506) 8350-7647
8369-6/26/14

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025    www.puntaplayavistas.com
8372-8/23/14

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For Sale: Fully Furnished OCEAN VIEW CONDOMINIUM
Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white, sandy beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025
8271-8/23/14

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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. (732) 984-7549
or CR (506) 8349-2025.
8370-8/3/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $449,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9368-6/4/14



Residential Del Monte (San Rafael de Heredia)
Close to Hotel Tirol and El Castillo Country Club. 1,804 m2 lot  (19,418 sq. ft.) 
replacement
It has two fronts to different roads in the neighborhood  Front 36 meters, back 33 meters. 95 percent flat All utilities available. Paved roads. Price: $135,000.  More information please call:  506 8853-0000 or email:  jpmata2000@yahoo.com
Video here: http://vimeo.com/93149638
8340-6/15/14

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
island one
of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!
Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $$165.000 USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8354-8/13/14

Dragon montage
New amazing, modern, eco-friendly three-bedroom, three-bath executive modern home perched on your own small mountain.  270-degree ocean view with unbelievable teak-look concrete deck, to the RED 48-foot fiberglass infinity lap pool. Separate covered deck with pool table. Guest house with kitchen, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower. Exquisite entryway of 20-foot rock wall and electric gate, with video feed. Large work garage separated from house. Guardhouse. Hidden metal shutters to secure the property for weeks. Private registered well. Inside/outside kitchen. Propane fire pits. Several water features including a waterfall and a water bubble wall. Property can be purchased stand-alone with the house at $550K, or the whole mountain for further development at $950K.  Contact drako13@me.com
8344-5/23/14

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) www.selvarioestates.com is a 10-lot  development with lots starting at $65,000US. You know what they say "Location, Location, Location." Well SRE is  located only 10 kms. from Atenas (best climate in the entire world!),  only 3 kms. from Highway 27 access, only 3 kms. from grocery stores and restaurants, only 35 kms. (30 min) from SJO airport, only 50 kms. from  Pacific Ocean, only 42 kms. from Escazu, 0  kms. from gorgeous country living with nature!  Contact the developer at selvarioestates@hotmail.com or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!
8341-6/22/14

Lundquist photo
More photos HERE!
Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!
8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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8230-3/13/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14


For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
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A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
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8263-8/20/14

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Tourism interests reject rental cars labels

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A pair of tourist-based associations are trying to protect rental car companies from a proposed measure that would brand their fleets with a special label on all maintenance checks.

Costa Rica's automotive chamber, the Cámara Costarricense Automotriz, requested that rental vehicles receive markings to let people know they are often used.

Representatives from both the Asociación Costarricense de Auto Rentistas and the Cámara Nacional de Turismo, known as Canatur, have since refused the request. They said the suggestion is unfair because rental cars in Costa Rica are kept in very good shape as almost all of them are new and secure.

“Contrary to what many think rental, vehicles are usually in much better conditions than vehicles from third parties and in some cases have less mileage too,” said Federico Barquero, president of the car rental association.

Barquero said this measure discredits the quality of rental cars, as they are routinely checked according to the standards of their respective factories. He added that on average rental cars here are only 1.5 years old.

According to the association's statistics, around 80 percent of rental car clients are tourists. Canatur's president Pablo Abarca said this idea from the automotive chamber could dissuade more tourists from hiring rental car services.

“We won't accept an agreement we consider unjust towards the rental car companies,” Abarca said. “The cars already go through rigorous and constant examination, while satisfying tourist demand.”


Two groups and orchestra play tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two top Costa Rican musical groups are joining with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional tonight and Friday for a concert with a Latin flavor in the Teatro Nacional.

The groups are Editus and Sexteto de Jazz Latino. Many of the works to be performed were written by the musicians who will play them, said an announcement from the Centro Nacional de la Música.

Marvin Araya is the invited conductor. Both performances are at 8 p.m.


Four notaries held in vehicle scams

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four notaries are among six persons detained Wednesday on allegations that they faked vehicle title papers.

The paperwork was designed to obtain new license plates for persons who were not the owners of the vehicles, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. In addition to the lawyer-notaries, all from Alajuela, two persons who are accused of actually presenting the false paperwork at the Registro Nacional also were detained, said the Judicial Invesigating Organization.

Agents said that the transactions cost individuals between 30,000 and 40,000 colons, some $54 to $71.
 

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Forced labor update wins strong support

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new global treaty to tackle modern forms of forced labor has been overwhelmingly approved by 177 member states attending the annual International Labor Conference in Geneva. One country voted against, and seven abstained.

The treaty spells out ways to prevent, protect and compensate victims of forced labor.
 
The International Labor Organization estimates 21 million men, women, and children around the world are in forced labor, an illegal enterprise that generates about $150 billion a year.
 
The labor organization adopted two conventions on forced labor, in 1930 and 1957.  The new protocol brings these two outdated conventions into the 21st century.
 
David Garner says the treaty focuses on contemporary forms of slavery.  It tackles practices such as human trafficking. He is president of the International Labor Committee on Forced Labor.

“I think the key aspects are that it calls on member states to give effect to their obligation to suppress forced labor as enshrined in Convention 29 - by strengthening in particular prevention and protection measures, by enabling victims to access remedies, such as compensation and to sanction the perpetrators of forced or compulsory labor," he said. "There was also consensus within the committee that the punishment of offenders is important, but it is also equally important to ensure that the rights of victims are protected.”
 
The labor organization says victims of forced labor often are treated like criminals instead of people in need of assistance.  The head of the organization's special action program on forced labor, Beate Andrees, says the new protocol remedies this injustice.
 
“There is one important provision now in the protocol to protect victims from being punished for criminal activities they may have been forced to carry out while they were in forced labor.  Some victims, for instance, are forced to plant drugs or to traffic drugs,” Ms. Andrees said..

The labor organization estimates 55 percent of forced labor victims are female, 45 percent are male, and 26 percent are children.  Victims may be in bonded labor or working under slave-like conditions in a wide range of industries.
 
The labor organization says women and girls are primarily forced into domestic work and commercial sexual exploitation, while men and boys are in forced economic exploitation in agriculture, construction, and mining.  It says many work long hours, often for little or no pay.
 
Two states must ratify the protocol for it to go into force, and individual governments must ratify the new protocol to become legally bound by its provisions.

Thailand reportedly voted against the treaty while Bahrain, Brunei, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen abstained.