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Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

On December 10, 1996, José Ramos-Horta and Timorese Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo stood in front of European Heads of State and Royalty, and dignitaries from around the world, and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ramos-Horta's acceptance speech encapsulated the state of...

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Newsweek: We Cannot Afford to Look Away from Myanmar

Newsweek: We Cannot Afford to Look Away from Myanmar

Since the Tatmadaw, Myanmar's military junta, overthrew a democratically elected government on Feb. 1, it has brutally suppressed the nation's citizens and democratic leaders. On Dec. 6, the regime sentenced elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi to prison,...

Meer: Letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Meer: Letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

His Excellency Abiy Ahmed, PhDPrime MinisterFederal Democratic Republic of EthiopiaAddis Ababa This letter was signed and transmitted to Prime Minister Abiy by HE José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Timor-Leste. Your Excellency, Prime...

Angela Merkel, a Tribute

Angela Merkel, a Tribute

A letter to the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee In 2018 I wrote a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee, a personal tribute to Angela Merkel. I met her once in her office in Berlin. She is not someone I know well, not what one can consider a friend. I actually...

Meer Magazine: Vaccine as Global Common Good

Meer Magazine: Vaccine as Global Common Good

We are in the grip of a historic pandemic; the Coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 is threatening the whole of the human family. Covid-19 does not discriminate. From Canada to Australia, from Sweden to Somalia, from China to Brazil, outbreaks of Covid-19 are claiming...

The Pandemic World: A chance to be better

The Pandemic World: A chance to be better

I have read the bloggers who say that the silver lining in COVID-19 is that we are realizing that we are all part of one family. Sure, we are a human family, and some are the rich relations. And the richer relatives probably rarely speak of, much less to, the homeless...

Maritime Disputes and International Law

Maritime Disputes and International Law

Closing speech by J. Ramos-Horta Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM WORKSHOP ON MARITIME DISPUTES AND INTERNATIONAL LAW Dili, 27-28 February 2020 Welcome and thanks Good afternoon esteemed ladies and gentlemen Our much esteemed and...

South Korea: No Shortcuts to Peace

South Korea: No Shortcuts to Peace

There are no shortcuts to peace but All is possible when we persevere and keep the faith Keynote speech By J. Ramos-Horta Former President of Timor-Leste , Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1996) At the PyeongChang Peace Forum (2020), Republic of Korea As always, I am...

Speech at Jeju (South Korea) Conference

Speech at Jeju (South Korea) Conference

Overcoming Legacies of the Past, Promoting Reconciliation and Peace in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia   Speech by J. Ramos-Horta 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1996), former Prime Minister and President of Timor-Leste* Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,  ...

Distinguished lecture by José Ramos-Horta: Our shared humanity

From his own story of exile, to that of his people, in this powerful lecture Nobel Laureate José Ramos-Horta reflects on the humanitarian, moral and political challenges raised by the plight of refugees and other vulnerable migrants. At this sold-out event, part of...