Ex-President of Uruguay Wants to Bring Back Duels to Solve Legal Disputes

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jun 16, 2017, 12:44 pm
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Mujica: “I can’t handle a sword because I’m an old man, but I could fire a couple of shots at least.” (Flickr)

EspañolFormer Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has some interesting ideas about how to settle legal disputes — a quick-draw being one of them.

“There should be a law that would allow people to settle conflicts with a gunshot,” Mujica said recently in a television interview, and lamented that there isn’t a law allowing for duels in his country.

“There are things that can be fixed that way, that could not otherwise be settled,” he said, citing honor as one example.

The former president said there are times when dialogue is useless. Speaking, apparently, is very easy, but he said a gun shot can settle a conflict once and for all.


He said the law should be put into practice when someone challenges your honor.

“When someone touches on your honor, and goes on and on and on, how can you fix it? That’s the only way,” he said. “I can’t handle a sword because I’m an old man, but I could fire a couple of shots at least.”

The duels law was approved in Uruguay in 1920 and abolished in 1992 during Luis Alberto Lacalle’s administration.

There were famous duels in the country, such as the one held by former President Jose Batlle with the politician and journalist Washington Beltran in the same year that the practice was legalized. On that occasion, it was Beltran who lost and died. Who knows how Mujica would fare.

Sources: El País; El Observador

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Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Colombia and United Nations Can’t Agree on Progress of FARC Disarmament

By: Felipe Fernández - @Ffernandezp - Jun 16, 2017, 11:12 am

Español Inconsistencies in the Colombian government's records of the peace process with The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have raised doubts that major progress is actually being made. Colombia claimed that around 60 percent of guerrilla fighters have surrendered and given up their weapons, while the United Nations has said it is closer to 40 percent. So which is it? A UN official denied that the government would announce the 60-percent mark this week, and then President Juan Manuel Santos did just that, tweeting out the statistic a day later. The disarmament process carried out in La Elvira, Cauca contained reported discrepancies. Government officials claimed disarmament would take "a couple of days" while the United Nations maintained that only 40 percent of weapons had been surrendered. Head of the UN Political Mission Jean Arnaud originally said that they were on course to reach 60 percent — around 4,000 weapons — but that they weren't quite there yet. On Thursday, June 15, High Commissioner for Peace Sergio Jaramillo denied that the national government had announced the previous day that they had already reached 60 percent. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "What we expect to happen, is that between today and tomorrow 60 percent will be completed," Jaramillo said. "Our expectation is that they begin the process and that yesterday it was possible to obtain an additional 30 percent. That is not happening. It's taking a few more days. Now you know that the surrender of weapons is a matter between the FARC and the United Nations." Read More: The Economic Drive of Mara Gangs in Central America’s Northern Triangle Read More: UN Mission for Colombia’s FARC Peace Deal Concerned Over Growing Dissent among Guerrillas Secretary General Alfonso Prada came out in defense of President Santos' statements. "As the president said literally on June 14, two days ago, the second stage of the disarmament process began, which should bring us to 60 percent." Source: W Radio

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