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AgreementParlamentarios costarricenses y coreanos fortalecen vínculos. 
Fuente: SELA 
San José, 17 de septiembre de 2015.- El Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional de la República de Corea, Chun Ui – Hwa y una delegación de diputados de ese país, fueron recibidos por el Presidente de la Asamblea Legislativa, Rafael Ortiz Fábrega y los integrantes del Directorio legislativo, con el objetivo de fortalecer los vínculos mediados entre ambos países.


La visita se dio en el marco del fortalecimiento de los lazos entre Costa Rica y Corea del Sur, y durante la conversación el Presidente parlamentario de esa nación asiática resaltó algunos aspectos que admiran, entre ellos dijo que le resulta impresionante la paz que se ha mantenido en el país al menos en lo que respecta al tema bélico. Además, dijo que en temas de utilización de energía natural y respeto por la naturaleza tienen mucho que aprender de Centroamérica en general.
Ortiz Fábrega agradeció la visita y dijo que el congreso costarricense está anuente a fortalecer el vínculo, y además se discutieron algunos temas relacionados a un posible Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con Centroamérica, por lo que se analizó la posibilidad del ingreso de empresas coreanas a Costa Rica, así como el aumento en cinco años de proyectos comerciales en conjunto.
“La mejor manera de tener esa posibilidad de ser clasificados como una suiza centroamericana depende fundamentalmente de que nuestras acciones se fundamenten en el beneficio de nuestros pueblos, el respeto a los derechos humanos, en una libertad de expresión, de participación política y en una promoción de políticas de desarrollo social”, explicó Fábrega.
Los congresistas de Corea manifestaron sentirse muy bien recibidos por parte de los representantes del congreso costarricense, esto a pesar de que no se llevaron una respuesta concreta con algunos temas como el tratado comercial, pero a la vez agradecieron el apoyo de los legisladores costarricenses con el apoyo y resguardo del proceso instaurado de paz en Corea del Sur.
El acto protocolario entre las partes surgió como un preámbulo de lo que podría ser un nuevo tratado bilateral puesto en marcha mediante ley por parte de los 57 diputados de la Asamblea Legislativa.
wm213490ttUN expert: UN Charter and Human rights treaties prevail over free trade and investment agreements
Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights 
GENEVA (17 September 2015) – United Nations Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas today urged the UN system and Governments across the world to radically reform the international investment regime by putting an end to free trade and investment agreements that conflict with human rights treaty obligations. In his full-length report* to the Human Rights Council, he also called on States “to conduct human rights, health and environmental impact assessments before and after entering into bilateral and multilateral investment agreements.”
“Over the past decades free trade and investment agreements have had adverse impacts on the enjoyment of human rights by interfering with the State’s fundamental functions to legislate in the public interest and regulate fiscal, budgetary, labour, health and environmental policies,” said Mr. de Zayas, the first UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.
In his report the expert deplores the paradox resulting from assuming conflicting treaty obligations. “States that ratify human rights treaties also enter into agreements that prevent them from fulfilling their human rights obligations. Revision of the investment treaties must ensure that in case of conflict, human rights prevail,” he noted.
“In the light of widespread abuse over the past decades, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism, which accompanies most free trade and investment agreements must be abolished as contra bonos mores, because it encroaches on the regulatory space of States and suffers from fundamental flaws including lack of independence, transparency, accountability and predictability,” he stressed.
In his report, the expert observes that: “This dispute settlement mechanism has mutated into a privatized system of ‘justice’, incompatible with article 14(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, whereby three arbitrators are allowed to override national legislation and the judgments of the highest national tribunals, in secret and with no possibility to appeal. This constitutes a grave challenge to the very essence of the rule of law”.
The human rights expert also reveals in his report that the population is often not aware of these challenges, simply because it is excluded from the elaboration and negotiation of these treaties. Parliamentary adoption must follow public debate and must not be fast-tracked. “All trade and investment agreements — existing and future — must represent the democratic will of the people in exercise of their right to public participation,” he says.
The Independent Expert’s report formulates a ‘Plan of Action’ with concrete recommendations to States, Parliaments, National Human Rights Institutions, the Human Rights Council and civil society.
The expert urges the Human Rights Council to systematically examine the adverse human rights impacts of bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements, and to refer the clash between the international investment regime and the human rights regime to the UN General Assembly for discussion and settlement.
Mr. de Zayas also recommends that the International Court of Justice issue an advisory opinion clarifying that in case of conflict between human rights treaty obligations and investment treaties, priority must be given to human rights. “Moreover those provisions of international investment agreements that violate fundamental principles of the UN Charter including State sovereignty and self-determination must be declared invalid under article 103 of the Charter, and eliminated pursuant to the doctrine of severability” he says.
Additionally, the expert urges the UN system to put international trade and investment agreements on their agenda, and calls on the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to convene a world conference to revise bilateral and multilateral free trade and investment agreements so as to make them compatible with human rights treaties.
“This Conference should establish a procedure to facilitate the orderly phasing out of ISDS and its replacement by an International Investment Court with permanent judges and appeal chambers, or by requiring investors to submit themselves to national jurisdictions,” he states.
“It is time to ensure the implementation of national and international human rights law and to foreclose any attempt through trade and investment agreements to limit the ability of States to meet their human rights obligations,” the Independent Expert stresses in his report.

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