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Inefficiency in Costa Rica’s public health care system tops complaints at Ombudsman’s Office

In 2014, the Ombudsman’s Office received a total of 30,264 complaints, with more than half — 52 percent — filed by women. The figure also represents the largest number of annual complaints received in the last two decades.

Torture report revives CIA’s rogue image

"This image of the CIA supposedly having run amok and having done all this torture stuff on its own will stick with a large part of the American public," said Paul Pillar, a former senior CIA analyst who had a 28-year career in the intelligence community.

Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations

The shift in leadership also followed a controversial decision Wednesday absolving several guards of the death of inmate Johel Araya in 2011 at the same prison.

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court condemns prisoner torture allegations

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, known as the Sala IV, revealed that over 30 prisoners incarcerated in the La Reforma maximum-security prison claimed to have been beaten and mistreated by penitentiary guards.

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