Arias is among Central America's most powerful political figures, not only for his terms as president in Costa Rica but also for his work promoting peace in the region. He was accused of sexual assault Monday.
GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú on Friday lamented the impunity that surrounds the massacre of indigenous people by the military in the north of the country 37 years ago during the civil war.
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.
Costa Rica’s former two-term President Óscar Arias Sánchez (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) hasn’t even waited a full year before twice publicly criticizing the new administration of Luis Guillermo Solís, who once belonged to Arias’ political party, the National Liberation Party, and was a member of the 1980s peace delegation that helped end the wars in Central America and delivered Arias a Nobel Peace Prize.
Costa Rica's two-term president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Óscar Arias Sánchez, 74, was admitted to the Clínica Biblica Hospital in downtown San José in the early hours Saturday to undergo a pacemaker adjustment. Doctors had implanted the pacemaker last Wednesday.
Former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias accepted an invitation from Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López to observe the conflict in Venezuela. But it seems unlikely the two will meet soon, as López turned himself in to Venezuelan authorities – as he had promised to do – after marching with supporters in Caracas.
Most of Costa Rica's highest ranking officials have come down hard on Venezuela's deadly response to anti-government protests on Friday. But ex-President Oscar Arias began raising his voice last night. On Thursday, the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize winner gave one of the most thorough condemnations of the Nicolás Maduro's government.
"That is gossip, and it comes as a result of everyone watching us. They have not communicated anything to me, I will not join with them, I am not thinking about joining with them, so I appreciate it that you clarify that these are only rumors," Solís said Monday.