Oscar Arias was born on 13 September 1940 in the city of Heredia. He is a former President of Costa Rica. He was president two times. First in 1986 to 1990, later in 2006 to 2010. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars in Central America. He is also a winner of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and a trustee of Economists for Peace and Security.
In 2003, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Criminal Court's TrustFund for Victims. He is also a member of the Club de Madrid. It is a nonprofit organization. It is made up of 81 former leaders of democratic nations. They work to strengthen democracy.
Arias started his political career in the 1970s.
In January of 2005 Arias was selected as the candidate for the National Liberation party. He was reelected as president of Costa Rica. There was a lot of criticism for his support towards the Free Trade Agreement process in Costa Rica. Because of his political background and determination, many Costa Ricans still trust and respect Arias.
- Amnesty International, 12 September 2003, Amnesty International welcomes the election of a Board of Directors. Retrieved on 1 August 2007.
- Former Heads of State and Government | Club de Madrid. Clubmadrid.org. Retrieved on 2012-09-15.
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