Emilia Castro de Barish
San Josť, Costa Rica -
Emilia Castro de Barish, born in 1916, was the first woman to be appointed a career Ambassador in the Coasta Rican diplomatic service, and she was the dean of Costa Rica's foreign service for many years. Castro de Barish entered the Costa Rican Foreign Service in 1948 when she was appointed to the Embassy of Costa Rica to the United States, in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Castro de Barish re-entered the Costa Rican Foreign Service on May 1957 and was appointed first secretary to the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations. By the time she retired in 1999, she was the diplomat who had been accredited the longest continuous time to the UN. Ambassador Castro de Barish was the Rapporteaur of the United Nations Host Country Committee from 1978 to 1999. From 1970 to 1971, she was vice-chairman of the Third (Human Rights) Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. Being an expert on International Human Rights, she was a key promoter of the United Nations program of action on a Culture of Peace, and she was instrumental to the establishment of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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