Capital punishment was abolished in Costa Rica in 1877.[1] Costa Rica, one of many countries, banned capital punishment in 1882. [2] Costa Rica was one of three countries to abolish the death penalty for all crimes at the beginning of the 20th century. On November 7, 1969, Costa Rica attended the American Convention on Human Rights. [3] Costa Rica and the United States signed an extradition treaty in November 10, 1922 concerning the death penalty. [4] The Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Relations stated " that it is understood that the government of the United States of America gives assurance that the death penalty will not be passed upon criminals surrendered by Costa Rica to the United States of America for any one of the crimes enumerated in the said treaty".


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  3. ^ Thomas Buergenthal, "The American Convention on Human Rights: Illusions and Hopes," Buffalo Law Review 21, no. 1 (Fall 1971): 121-136
  4. ^ Reeves, J.S. “Extradition Treaties and the Death Penalty.” American Journal of International Law 18, no. 2 (1924): 298–300. doi:10.2307/2188397.