Costa Rica

The information relating to domestic torture laws has been adapted from the Compilation of Torture Laws tool available on the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) website, available here.

Date of ratification UNCAT: 11 November 1993

Relevant Laws

• Constitution of 1949
• Penal Code of 4 May 1970 (amended by Law No. 8189, 18 December 2001)
• Code of Criminal Procedure of 1996 (Law No. 7594, 1996)
• General Law of Police of 1994 (Law No. 7410 of 1994, 26 May 1994)

Relevant Articles

Prohibition of Torture:
• Article 40 of the Constitution
• Article 96 of the Code of Criminal Procedure

Definition of Torture:
• Article 123Bis of the Penal Code

Penalties:
• Article 123Bis of the Penal Code
• Article 80 of the General Law of Police

Others:
• Defenses:
o Article 10 of the General Law of Police
• Exclusion of Evidence:
o Article 40 of the Constitution
o Article 181 of the Code of Criminal Procedure

* Information compiled December 2008

Country file can be accessed via APT website here.