José Ramos-Horta to be Honored at Refugees International’s 34th Anniversary Dinner

Washington, D.C. — Refugees International (RI) announced today that José Ramos-Horta, the former President of Timor-Leste and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is this year’s recipient of the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action, and will be presented by HM Queen Noor of Jordan.

“I am truly honored to receive this award from Refugees International,” said Mr. Ramos-Horta. “Half of all Timorese citizens have fled their homes at some point in their lives, so my country knows well the horrors of displacement. But we also know that with perseverance, it is possible to rebuild lives and communities. For more than 30 years, RI has fought for the rights of the displaced and forged durable solutions around the world, and I am proud to accept their highest honor.”

José Ramos-Horta has had a distinguished career as an activist and public servant. In 1974, he founded the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor, and then served as Foreign Minister-in-exile during the Indonesian occupation and the negotiations that led to Timorese independence in 2002. In that same year Mr. Ramos-Horta became the first Foreign Minister of independent Timor-Leste. In 2006 he was appointed caretaker Prime Minister. In 2007 he was elected the country’s second President. After completing his five year term as President in 2012 Mr. Ramos-Horta was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary General and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996, along with Bishop Ximenes Belo, for his work toward “a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor.”

“José Ramos-Horta is one of the most widely-respected leaders in the world today,” said Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International. “He is a peacemaker in the truest sense of the word, and someone who is deeply committed to human rights. Under his leadership, tens of thousands of displaced Timorese returned to their homes. And while much remains to be done, Mr. Ramos-Horta’s leadership put Timor-Leste on the path to increased stability, security, and democratic rule. We are delighted to be honoring him this year.”

Mr. Ramos-Horta will be presented with the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award at Refugees International’s 34th Anniversary Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 2nd, at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. For more information about the event, please click here.

15 thoughts on “José Ramos-Horta to be Honored at Refugees International’s 34th Anniversary Dinner

  1. Luis Doutel

    Our country is more than lucky to have you as one of our Founding Fathers. We love you and we are always proud of you.

  2. Leo Gusmao

    As a Timorese, I am very proud of you Maun Boot Jose Ramos-Horta. You are a HERO and what you’ve done for our beloved country is unforgettable.. VIVA RAMOS-HORTA

  3. Danu Freitas

    muito parabens ba maun boot Horta… susesu em todo vida… ami reza atu Nai nafatin fo forsa no saude di’ak hodi serbii povu iha mundu rai klaran….. Viva ..Dr.Ramos Horta..maske ami triste tanba ita dook husi ami..maibe ami nia sei laranmetin ba ita…

  4. Sirikait

    hau nia congratula ba ita bo’ot nia knar kmanek hodi foti nafatin Timor oan sira nia dignidade iha mundo internasional nia oin, hanesan mos nasaun dezemvolvido sira seluk…

  5. Anderias Tani

    Congratulations!!! I am proud of you as a father the newly born country of Timor-Leste. You are honored all the time, overed the great nations, forever!

  6. Nuno Delicado

    Parabéns! É um reconhecimento do excelente trabalho ao longo da vida – passada, presente e futura! Desejos de continuação de impactos positivos na Guiné-Bissau, Timor-Leste, e outros países que precisam de paz, harmonia e estabilidade para capturar o seu grande potencial de desenvolvimento e trazer melhores vidas a todos.

  7. Rhonda Palmer

    Congratulations for well-earned recognition and as an Australian may I say that I am so happy to hear a compassionate voice for refugees. VIVA Jose Ramos-Horta

  8. Mouzinho T. Correia

    Congratulations on your success. All the people of Timor-Leste proud of the success it was. continue your mission and we wish you to remain healthy for the noble task. Parabens, parabens, parabens maun boot.

  9. Karo

    Congratulations, Dr. Ramos-Horta. This is such a fantastic news! Wish you all the best in your new Guinea-Bissau mission.

  10. Shica Branco

    Muinto Parabens Sr. Presidente,..sempre mata dalan ba Povo Timor-Leste, mos
    iha mundo internasional,… VIVA Sr. President,..GBU as always,.. bjhs


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