• Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rica seeks Nobel Peace Prize for abolishing its army

December 4, 2014

On Monday, the Legislative Assembly passed a motion to nominate Costa Rica and Japan for a Nobel Peace Prize for their decision to abolish their armies as permanent institutions, according to a lawmaker.

The bill was proposed by lawmaker Ottón Solís, co-founder of the governing Citizen Action Party, and accepted by the legislature.

“Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the people of Costa Rica and Japan would serve, first, to encourage these people to never eliminate the articles from their constitutions, and second, to encourage other countries, poor or rich, tropical or temperate, to abolish their armed forces,” Solís said.

To support the bill, a “pro-Nobel Peace Prize” commission will be convened with three lawmakers tasked with writing the appeals that will be presented in February to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

“The motion’s approval should be a sign to the world about the force and endurance of the values of peace and the unequivocal promise to peacefully resolve Costa Rica’s conflicts despite some external threats,” read the approved motion.

Last Monday, Costa Rica celebrated its 66th anniversary of the abolition of its army after a brief civil war triggered by election fraud in 1948.

The decision taken by the victorious leader, three-time President José Figueres Ferrer, was the start of an accelerated economic and social modernization that raised Costa Rica’s indicators in health and education to some of the best in Latin America. Since ending the army, there has not been an interruption in the constitutional order.

Japan agreed to renounce its armed forces as of 1945, following the end of World War II.

You may be interested

Some progress, and a complicated legacy, 10 months after Sergio Rojas’s murder
Costa Rica
40 views
Costa Rica
40 views

Some progress, and a complicated legacy, 10 months after Sergio Rojas’s murder

John McPhaul - January 18, 2020

Ten months after the murder of Bribrí indigenous leader Sergio Rojas, Costa Rican authorities appear to be making progress in…

Pic of the Day: Bill regulating strikes approved in second debate
Costa Rica
42 views
Costa Rica
42 views

Pic of the Day: Bill regulating strikes approved in second debate

The Tico Times - January 17, 2020

The Costa Rican Congress approved Thursday a bill that regulates the right to strike, while hundreds of public workers protested…

Terrorism and Venezuela will be focus for Pompeo in Costa Rica, Latin America
Costa Rica
132 views
Costa Rica
132 views

Terrorism and Venezuela will be focus for Pompeo in Costa Rica, Latin America

Alina Dieste / AFP and The Tico Times - January 17, 2020

The fight against terrorism and the crisis in Venezuela will dominate U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s seventh visit to…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!