Court strikes down bill aimed at stopping Caribbean Maritime Zone evictions

September 21, 2012

Bill 18,207 would have prevented the government-sanctioned eviction of several families living within the Maritime Zone on Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean coast by reducing the size of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. But on Friday, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, struck it down as unconstitutional.

Lawmakers had approved the bill, which “acknowledged the rights of Southern Caribbean residents,” after the Comptroller General’s Office ordered the Municipality of Talamanca to determine how many people lived within the area’s protected shoreline. The office issued a deadline of Nov. 30 for the municipality to carry out evictions.

The Sala IV ruled the bill violates Article 50 of the Constitution, which outlines the right to a healthy environment, because a technical or scientific study was not performed to determine the consequences of changing the boundaries of the wildlife refuge.

The bill now will be sent back to a Legislative Assembly commission, which will decide whether it should be modified or archived.

A second bill that placed a two-year moratorium on evictions (through Nov. 30, 2014) was approved in the assembly on Sept. 6.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan
immigration
923 views
immigration
923 views

Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan

AFP - October 23, 2018

President Donald Trump said Monday the United States will begin cutting aid to three Central American nations because of their…

The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching
Politics
550 views
Politics
550 views

The Tico Times Dispatch: An interview with journalist and economist David Ching

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 23, 2018

Costa Rica’s Plenary Court rejected the proposed tax reform bill last week and asked that four sections of the initiative…

Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua
La Prensa
764 views
La Prensa
764 views

Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua

La Prensa - October 23, 2018

Social media has been filled with photos of men and women wearing red lipstick as a way of protest Daniel…