Presidente de la Republica

San José
Costa Rica

29 January 2007

Dear Mr. Hillinger,

Your efforts to highlight the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have recently come to my attention. I am very happy to hear that you plan to puplish a leaflet with illustrations of the thirty articles of the Declaration, celebrating each one of the fundamental rights laid out in that monumentally important document.

The Republic of Costa Rica strongly supports efforts to highlight the importance of the Delaration. We applaud all initiatives that recognize, promote and motivate the values it embodies. Costa Rica upholds the Declaration as a moral Magna Carta, an expression of the highest ideals of the international community and an absolute framework in respect to the dignity of all human beings.

The document constitutes one of the most important declarations into the history of the United Nations, and, indeed the world. We hope efforts such as yours will help the citizens of this world rededicate ourselves to chose fundamental rights, so that we hold them in our minds and hearts not just on prominent anniversary years not just on December 10 th of every year, but every single day.

Yours sincerely,

Oscar Arias