“IN VICTORY BE MAGNANIMOUS, NEVER SEEK TO HUMILIATE THE ADVERSARY; IF HE IS ON HIS KNEES HOLD HIS HANDS, PLEAD WITH HIM TO RISE UP. WALK HALFWAY AND MEET THE VANQUISHED ONES; EMBRACE THEM, INVITE THEM TO JOIN IN A NEW ENTERPRISE OF PEACE, A NEW FUTURE FOR ALL. THIS HAS BEEN MY BELIEF AND IN MANY WAYS THIS HAS BEEN OUR PRACTICE SINCE INDEPENDENCE.”

 

JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA

PRESIDENT, TIMOR-LESTE

On 21 April, 2022, in a landslide election, Dr. José Ramos-Horta was elected President of Timor-Leste for a second term. He had previous served as Foreign Minister and Senior Cabinet Minister (2000 – 2006), Prime Minister (2007 – 2008), and President (2008-2012).  Dr. Ramos-Horta sworn into office on May 19 and assumed office on 20 May, 2022, the 20th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s restoration of independence.

 
ABOUT

A founding father of the first new democracy of the millennium.

In exile for 24 years, he was the lone voice of his people, the people of Timor-Leste (East Timor) as they suffered one of the most brutal occupations of the last century. After leading his country to independence, he served as the President of the century’s newest democracy.

 

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Timor-Leste Adopts Document on Human Fraternity

Timor-Leste Adopts Document on Human Fraternity

Timor-Leste will be the first country in the world to adopt The Human Fraternity document, a document promoting peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims that has been endorsed by both Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayyeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar. The "Document...

May 20: President Ramos-Horta Address to Parliament

May 20: President Ramos-Horta Address to Parliament

On May 20, 2022, newly elected President José Ramos-Horta addressed the Parliament of Timor-Leste. The President addressed the challenges of building a pluralistic democracy after decades of violence under the occupation. The Constitution, he says, lays the foundation for the evolving State, and for peace in the nation.

May 20: President of Portugal Address to Timor-Leste Parliament

May 20: President of Portugal Address to Timor-Leste Parliament

The President of Portugal, Mr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, addressed the Parliament of Timor-Leste today, on the 20th anniversary of the Restoration of Timor-Leste's independence.  Addressing President Ramos-Horta, President de Sousa said that it was an honor to be...

Ramos-Horta Sworn Into Office, 19 May 2020

Ramos-Horta Sworn Into Office, 19 May 2020

On 19 May, 2020, Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta was sworn into the office of President, Timor-Leste. In his inaugural speech, delivered in four languages, the newly sworn in President called for national unity between rival parties, saying that he would...

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Speech: Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting

Speech: Timor-Leste Development Partners Meeting

Keynote Address “Supporting the Presidential Vision for Timor-Leste’s Development” J. Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste 2022 Timor-Leste and Development Partners Meeting 10 June 2022 Excelências First and foremost, I thank the Prime...

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IMAGES OF TIMOR-LESTE

Timor-Leste in

pictures

See his home through his eyes; the island that was once the scene of mass executions, torture centers and atrocities, enjoying the dividends of peace today.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE BUILDING

Taking peace building to the world.

Through high level missions for the UN Secretary General and other international peace building and diplomatic efforts, Ramos-Horta shares the wisdom of experience to make a better world.