Lawmakers vote to define Costa Rica as a multiethnic plurinational country

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon PHOTOS: Snapshots of Costa Rica’s Independence Day Parade Casa Presidencial flies provincial flags Longshoremen suspend strike to protect paychecks After more than 10 years of debate, lawmakers approved a bill in a first round vote Wednesday to reform Costa Rica’s Constitution to redefine the Central American country as a “multiethnic and plurinational” republic. The bill would add language toArticle 1 of the constitution, which defines Costa Rica as a “democratic, free and independent” republic.“It means that Costa Rica is now a country that recognizes everyone, that recognizes the ethnic-racial diversity, that recognizes us as Afro-descendants,” said Citizen Action Party lawmaker Epsy Campbell.“It’s a historic step,” said National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Maureen Clarke. “It’s fundamental to recognize our heritage.”Clarke added that the reform could serve as a platform for future legislation on the rights of Afro-descendant and indigenous peoples in Costa Rica.President Luis Guillermo Solís, who traces part of his heritage to Jamaica, previously had expressed his support for the reform bill. The president celebrated the vote Wednesday, releasing a statement saying, “We celebrate that lawmakers have taken this great step that recognizes Costa Rica as the cradle of multiple cultures and ethnicities that have enriched and made our country greater and will continue to do so.”The reform was first presented by PLN lawmaker Joyce Sawyer in 1998, but it was tabled until recently.Of 57 lawmakers, 46 voted in favor of the bill. The bill must be approved in a second-round vote before going to President Solís for his signature. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories When he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals back in April with the No. 69 overall pick in the NFL Draft, the buzz words surrounding Tyrann Mathieu was ‘risk’ and ‘locker room cancer.’Seven months later, there are new buzz words being echoed in reference to the former LSU standout.NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.Although he doesn’t have a final say in the matter, writer Chris Wesseling believes heading into the final month of the regular season, the Cardinals safety has earned the right to be the leading candidate for the top honor awarded to defensive rookies. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In 12 games, Mathieu is second on the team in total tackles with 67 and also has two interceptions, five tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. But its his versatility and ability to play on all three downs that has impressed Wesseling most in the 2013.What’s amazing about Mathieu is that he’s already one of the NFL’s most versatile and well-rounded defensive backs, playing safety in base packages and switching to cornerback in nickel and dime packages. I haven’t seen a single cornerback who can match the third-round rookie in run support or blitzing.Mathieu has also shown a knack for big plays, punching the ball out of Jared Cook’s hands on a would-be long touchdown and tackling Nate Burleson short of the sticks on a potential game-winning drive. The Honey Badger is a key chess piece in Todd Bowles’ defense, which rivals Seattle’s for the No. 1 spot in Football Outsiders metrics. The last Cardinal to win Rookie of the Year honors was Simeon Rice back in 1996. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more