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Costa Rican Government Assures That Equal Rights of Jews Will Be Safeguarded

The World Jewish Congress made public today assurances received from the Costa Rican Government that equal rights for Jews in that country will be safeguarded. The assurances were expressed in a letter to the W.J.C. from Costa Rican Ambassador to the U.S., Marion Echandi.

The World Jewish Congress had expressed alarm over proposals introduced in the Costa Rican Parliament aiming at the “complete elimination of some Jewish merchants from the economic life of the country.” The Congress had pointed out that supporters of these measures had not “refrained from publicly attacking Jewish merchants and from emphasizing the fact that the bills were directed only against this group.”