#Gender Rights and Issues
Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica

We are asking people from across the world, including key human rights activists, women's rights activists, public intellectuals and citizens groups to support a global petition demanding action from Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla.

• August, 2010, 62 year old Patricia Simpson of United Kingdom was burned with cigarettes, had lighter fluid poured on her stomach and private's and set ablaze in her home in Costa Rica. She was left to lay on the floor and denied assistance and medical attention by her landlord and gardener for four days.

• August, September & October 2010, Patricia Simpson repeatedly contacted the local authorities for help and was denied. She attempted to file a formal complaint and police report against this man and was denied.

• November 26, 2010, her friend Steve Bryant took her to the Defensoria de Habitantes in the country's capital where she was allowed to file a complaint against her attackers.

• November 28, 2010, Patricia Simpson's friend, Steve Bryant of Canada reached out to the world via YouTube to ask for assistance to bring this issue to the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla.

• November 30, 2010, Costa Rica Canal 6 featured the story on the 6pm and 11 pm news to bring awareness to the crime. Once again Patricia Simpson and Steve Bryant asked for assistance in bringing justice against the men who did this. Steve Bryant of Canada raised a fundamental point of principle, which is “how can this 62 year old woman be attacked in this way and receive no police assistance and no help in apprehending the men who did this to her”.

• December 1, 2010, Steve Bryant posted the news story on his youtube channel. The story began to appear on facebook and other social media channels. Three other victims came forth to share their similar stories of being stalked and attacked by the same man.

• December 2, 2010, The website StalkingInCostaRica.com appeared with the aim to bring worldwide attention to the stalking against expatriate women crimes occurring in Costa Rica that are not being prosecuted. Victim Kytka Jezek states that 3 years ago she had a similar occurrence and stalking is not recognized as a crime in Costa Rica. The man implicated is a US Citizen. Her court documents say he is utilizing the lack of law protecting women from this crime to continue to make violent attacks on expatriate women.

We, the undersigned, call on the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, to enact law against the crime of stalking in Costa Rica.

We urge President Chinchilla to order an immediate arrest and investigations into the men who perpetrate violent and sexual gender crimes against expatriate women and all women in Costa Rica.

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The World Wide Outcry To Stop Gender Violence Against Expatriate Women In Costa Rica petition to Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica was written by Kytka Jezek and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.